America is experiencing a dramatic shift in demographics, and in 2019, people older than 65 years will outnumber those younger than five. As Americans age and live longer, increasing numbers of them will live with multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, dementia, and functional impairments, such as the difficulty with the basics of life like mobility and managing one’s household. One of the greatest health care challenges facing our country is ensuring that older Americans with serious chronic illness and other maladies of aging can remain as independent as possible. Our success with this challenge will help ensure that Americans age with dignity in a manner that meets their expectations, preferences and care needs. The financial health of our federal and state governments also hangs in the balance because of the implications for Medicare and Medicaid costs. Meeting this challenge will require envisioning the potential value of home-based health care, creating a pathway for home-based care to maximize its potential, and integrating it fully into the U.S. health care system.
Technology shaping the future of your home
What kind of technology does your home care organization utilize? How can you prepare your business for the future?Healthcare at your doorsteps is a newly emerging concept where doctors and physicians use portable and compact medical devices to treat patients in their home. These devices help them to check blood pressure, sugar level, and even ECG just by the click of a button. The presence of such advanced technology in the market helps patients to avoid going to the hospital for small tests. There are caregivers and health coaches who can come to your doorstep to administer medical drugs and to take test samples. Now, elderly people can get the treatment at the comfort of their home, with no need for them to travel for hours to get treated.
Health care futurist, Niels van Namen, shows how advances in technology are making home care a cheaper, safer and more accessible alternative to hospital stays in the video, Why the Hospital of the Future Will Be Your Own Home.
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