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Home Health Technology Users to Hit 7 Million in 2012

Study says home health industry could provide unique revenue opportunities.


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There will be more than seven million people using home healthcare technology in the United States and Europe by 2012, according to Parks Associates.

The new study says this could provide unique revenue opportunities for integrators, as few seem to offer home health tech.

Parks Associates says potential clients will range from seniors with chronic conditions to young consumers who want to "self-manage their personal health."

"Service providers cannot ignore the opportunities inherent in the e-Health care model," says Harry Wang, director, health and mobile product research for Parks Associates.

"Millions of people stand to benefit from e-Health applications. Providers should start drafting business plans, forging partnerships, testing hardware and software and conducting field trials."

Parks Associates says integrators shouldn't worry about the complexities of insurance and reimbursement in the home health market. It says integrators have dealt with similar issues, saying digital TV services "required negotiating franchise and licensing fees with a variety of different players."

"Service providers are in a unique, once-in-a-lifetime position to enter and serve this growing service industry," Wang says.

"The home will be the central location in the new preventive-care model in health applications, with broadband enabling home medical services, telemedicine applications, and patient monitoring."

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Steve Crowe, Web Editor
Steve is an editor for cepro.com. He graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Journalism. He joined the CE Pro staff in 2008. Steve is also a freelance sports writer for The Boston Globe and other various publications.

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Posted by Marie  on  05/17  at  10:03 AM

I recently went through the process of finding in-home care for my elderly mother.  I was nervous about leaving her, and when I asked tough questions of the agency that was recommended to me, I was shocked to learn that after the initial intake process, they basically have almost no visibility to the actual day-to-day care!  I interviewed 5 or 6 more agencies, and all but one uses care journals that sit in my mother’s home such that the agency really has very limited idea of what’s going on.  I finally found an agency that uses a “point-of-care system.”  I highly recommend this!  I login at a website called “ClearCare” and I can see what is happening every day.  I know when my mom’s caregiver clocks in at her house, and when she completes specific tasks.  I’m alerted if the caregiver does not arrive on time or if something isn’t done properly.  This has been a very difficult process for me, but I do find peace of mind in knowing exactly what’s happening every day.

Posted by James Heires  on  07/22  at  06:06 AM

Marie,
I agree that regular monitoring (by the caretaker AND the family members) must be part of a home health care plan. My company offers MyHalo automatic fall detection equipment, which includes an online monitoring service and IM/email/phone alerts,  that all approved persons can use to keep tabs on the patient. MyHalo can automatically detect falls, skin temperature and activity level, which all can be monitored on a website by a doctor, nurse, or family member.

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