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Smart Environments in a Stupid World

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Someday your toothbrush will notify you it's time for another cleaning. The handle of your refrigerator will measure your blood pressure. That bathroom mirror on the second floor will scan your retinas and measure your eyesight. Your car will measure drug levels via a breath test that starts the engine. But, like all things innovative, the technology will happen many years before the rules, ecosystems, business models, and human behavior conform

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can monitor our vital signs without using sensing devices on our bodies. Remote sensing and monitoring will be a mere part of DIY medicine in a few short years. The implications are immense:

1. New regulatory and legal requirements

2. Enormous secrecy and confidentiality challenges

3. Hacking threats

4. Requirements for health information integration

5. Emergency management systems that respond to monitored threats

6. Senior care oversight and care planning

7. Payer oversight of compliance and financial penalties for non-compliance or rewards for meeting health goals

8. Education and training for a new cohort of health compliance officers

9. Remote access and monitoring using mobile technology and alerts

10. Construction and manufacturing requirements and costs

The aging population is a global threat and many developed countries, like Italy and South Korea, are using remote sensing technologies to address the problem. Here are 10 senior care products that you might not have heard of yet.

Someday your toothbrush will notify you it's time for another cleaning. The handle of your refrigerator will measure your blood pressure. That bathroom mirror on the second floor will scan your retinas and measure your eyesight. Your car will measure drug levels via a breath test that starts the engine. But, like all things innovative, the technology will happen many years before the rules, ecosystems, business models, and human behavior conform. When they do though, the sick-care world will look very different.

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