Remote Monitoring for the Elderly

The NYT has an article that succinctly describes the power and promise of connected health care.

Technologies like eNeighbor come with great promise of improved care at lower cost and the backing of large companies like Intel and General Electric.

But the devices, which can be expensive, remain largely unproven and are not usually covered by the government or private insurance plans. Doctors are not trained to treat patients using remote data and have no mechanism to be paid for doing so. And like all technologies, the devices — including motion sensors, pill compliance detectors and wireless devices that transmit data on blood pressure, weight, oxygen and glucose levels — may have unintended consequences, substituting electronic measurements for face-to-face contact with doctors, nurses and family members.
This type of medical delivery will accelerate significantly once there is interopability and a full end-to-end solution. As I have said in the past, this is coming and I think coming sooner than expected once President Obama turns his attention to the health care situation.

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