Is video the next best thing to being there? The answer is "yes" as far as patients at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan are…
During the year-long study 200 high-risk patients over the age of 60 with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, lung disease, will use a medical monitoring device to take their vitals: blood pressure, weight, sugar levels and peak air flow. This information is collected in a central database at the Mayo Clinic where the patient's primary medical team will have secure web access. Clinicians will also be able to use the videoconferencing system to observe and communicate with their patients.
George MacGinnis on the difference between telecare and telehealth: In terms of telecare we think of tele-social care. The main focus is on managing risks to peoples’ lives. They might have a panic button, a fall sensor and these might be people who are suffering from dementia. There are risks that they might leave the oven on and create a fire, so there are remote control fire detectors or remote gas shut off valves, etc. Whereas [telehealth] is much more about chronic disease management: Diabetics might be checking their sugar, others might be checking peak flows, blood pressure or weighing themselves and answering questions about their health.
Overall, the number of unique visitors who are 65 or older on social networking and blog sites has increased 53 percent in the last two years alone. 8.2% of all social network and blog visitors are over 65, just 0.1 percentage points less than the number of teenagers who frequent these sites.
According to a survey by the Pew Internet/California HealthCare Foundation: "Technology is not an end, but a means to accelerate the pace of discovery, widen…
Light switches, TV remote controls and even house keys could become a thing of the past thanks to brain-computer interface (BCI) technology being developed in Europe that lets users perform everyday tasks with thoughts alone.
Have you ever spent an hour (or two or three) on the phone functioning as your parents (or grandparents, or fill-in-the-blank) IT department? And you all feel like screaming – some cases actually screaming -- out of frustration? You, because you know it’s only a couple of clicks and problem solved. Them, because “you said it was easy – only a couple of clicks and problems solved! What do I need this computer for anyway?”
AIPatHome.com Tech Advisor Laurie Orlov attended the 2009 Consumer Electronic Show and identified 10 products as having an interesting appeal to the boomer and beyond market.