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Senior Care and Wearables

Senior Care and Wearables

In recent years the market for consumer-facing wearables has grown steadily. Products such as the smartwatch and fitness bands have contributed significantly to this growth. However, healthcare has been slower to embrace this trend, particularly when it comes to the older demographic. Tech companies have yet to truly tap into the seniors market.

Many wearable trackers and devices are simply not designed for older adults despite the fact that the senior population gets larger every day; the percentage of America’s population who are aged 65 or over is expected to jump to 19 per cent by 2030. If wearables are further developed to take into consideration the differences when tracking the older generation (lower pace activity levels, for example), they could empower senior patients to take active roles in managing their own health, having a really beneficial impact on senior care and population health management.

Remote Patient MonitoringThe use of mobile technology in our daily lives has become habitual and there is no reason why the older population should be excluded from this. There is some distrust from doctors towards the data that is gathered from wearable devices but mobile health wearables that fit into healthcare providers goals are expected to surge in the market in the near future. As the products become more advanced, the functionalities and the importance of the data provided by healthcare wearables will continue to rise. It is expected that the remote patient monitoring segment alone will grow almost 35 percent across the next five years. This is an important development as the home becomes an increasingly viable care setting, with better connectivity to a care network than ever before, and physicians will be looking for devices that give them insight into a patient’s real time progress at home.

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