‘The future of health care is the home’
SAN ANTONIO – Health industry experts predict that smart homes will monitor patients, diagnose diseases and help to manage conditions by the year 2025, according to Dr. Sid Shah, an industry analyst with the visionary healthcare program at Frost & Sullivan.
“Health care is transitioning from the hospital to the home and beyond,” Shah said in a recent webinar. “The future of health care is the home.”
Smart homes—which are homes equipped with network-connected products—are the perfect platform for care delivery, Shah said.
While many of today’s homes feature connected health devices like glucometers, voice-enhanced devices, wearables, vitals monitoring platforms and more, the true smart home will feature a single platform that not only monitors and tracks health conditions, but also diagnoses and manages those conditions.
“Siloed connected technology implementations for health care may become redundant in the future,” Shah said. “Smart homes need a singular modular platform to best serve health care needs.”
Medtech companies are already recognizing the opportunities available in the industry, as smart home solutions already exist today, said Sowmya Rajagopalan, global program director, transformational health, Frost & Sullivan, a co-presenter of the webinar. Tech giants like Google, Samsung, Philips and others are currently developing smart home infrastructure and will support the developments of a health care-delivering smart home in the future.
“With the consumerization of health care, enabling patients to clinically manage their disease at home has been of crucial importance for care providers and original equipment manufacturers today, as they have made this a reality with the launch of innovation in design, devices, services and solutions,” she said.
Shah said the true 2025 smart home will disrupt care delivery, and force the transformation of hospitals and the workflows of how doctors practice medicine, but only if cybersecurity and data privacy questions are addressed.
“That’s where analytics and artificial intelligence will help to sort through the data and direct more personalized care,” he said.