Technology has been a major force in growth for numerous industries over the past several decades. In more recent years, technological innovations have been an integral part in expanding the scope of in-home health care services, providing an opportunity for more seniors and disabled adults to remain home, where they tend to be far more comfortable.
Within the technological landscape, startups often take the lead in developing new ideas and innovations that could completely transform the landscape of home healthcare in the future.
Many of the benefits these technological startups are finding is a great talent pool of people with direct health care experience to assist them in coming up with ideas and developing them in a way that benefits patients best. While healthcare technology may be focused on hospitals and medical clinics, there is increasing scope involving in-home care services.
Personal health care has become a significant focal point for many technological firms. According to Boston University News Service in the news blog, Massachusetts startups focus on personalized health care, written by Dave Sebastian:
“For startups that offer personalized, technologically driven health-care, the upward trend serves an opportunity to partner with established health-care professions and institutions, some of which have invested in the startups themselves. Residents of Massachusetts, home to a cluster of medical schools and teaching hospitals, spent nearly $713 billion on personal health-care in 2014, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. The expenditure grew at an average rate of 5.7 percent between 1991 and 2014, the data show.”
In helping people to get quality care at home, many of these technology companies are making it possible for individuals with significant health issues to avoid lengthy hospital stays, nursing homes, or other facilities. Some research has indicated the emotional and mental health benefits people gain by having the opportunity to be home instead of in a facility.
With increased demand for home health care across the country and decreased reimbursements from Medicaid to cover these services, there has never been a more crucial time for companies to be forward-thinking and begin utilizing the benefits technology can offer.
From monitoring devices to communication, technology is helping many seniors and disabled adults stay on top of their health regularly as well as keep in touch with family, even if they are across the country or around the world. As these technologies continue to improve and new ideas are formulated, it may just provide even more opportunities for those same seniors and disabled adults to be home as they face increasing challenges with age.
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