My latest Health-IT World article is in the June 6 issue and titled Aging in Place: The role of Remote Patient Monitoring Solutions. In the article I address the concept of "Aging in Place", which basically means growing old where you want to -- your home, with a family member, on the road in your RV or elsewhere.
The point is that remote patient monitoring technology and solutions are making this concept more and more of a reality and it fits in well with my interest in workplace effectiveness. For example, an employee may have an aging parent, or two, living in their home. These RPM solutions would make it possible for adult children in a caregiver role to more closely monitor their parent's vital signs, medication compliance and general welbeing -- and potentially advert a trip home to "check" on them.
The technology also enables children living a across the country to monitor their chronically ill or elderly parents condition and take a more active role in supporting their care. Again, this might allow siblings to work together and allow primary caregivers to focus on their jobs while their sister/brother is responsible for monitoring the parent's condition and wellbeing.
But, as you can see from the Health IT World article there are a few things we need to address for more widespread adoption of this technology!
I just came across this post from Healthnex and it includes more information and resources!