PALO ALTO, Calif. – While connected health technologies are helping to provide more efficient and quality home care of people with chronic conditions, they can also support senior and caregiver issues like isolation and other unmet needs. Gene Wang, CEO of People Power, providers of artificial intelligence-powered smart home solutions, discussed how these technologies are providing the home health care industry with a more holistic view of patients.
HHTN:How can technology support the unique needs of seniors who are aging in place and their caregivers?
WANG:Important research unfolds almost daily that tells us about the critical health issues related to isolation and a lack of senior connectedness, along with the needs of caregivers often under a tremendous amount of stress. Intelligent eldercare services begin with great IoT sensors and devices, important only to the extent that they generate high-quality data to facilitate perfectly designed services. Central to every modern senior care service is the ability to recognize important changes in living and daily activities through these sensors.
HHTN:What are some of the challenges to a wider adoption of home health technology by health care providers and consumers?
WANG:Even with the intense need, the health care industry has been slow to adopt supportive technologies on a mass scale. To address a large and expanding global market opportunity, there needs to be a customized service that will target the critical needs of family caregivers, including personal safety, health, daily activity monitoring and social integration. We believe that creating an intelligent care-monitoring product that requires no wearable technology and that can be easily and inexpensively deployed has the potential to revolutionize the in-home care industry.
HHTN:How is technology impacting the way home health care is being delivered today?
WANG:With recent announcements from companies like Apple and Amazon, it’s clear the next horizon for technology is the health care industry. It’s been our position for several years that there is a need in the industry to assist seniors and caregivers with their challenges. Our goals remain lofty because the need is tremendous and, like everyone in the technology industry focusing on the health care market, we have more work to do