“Nurses, doctors, and other professionals are hugely important to any real improvements to chronic care, but they arenâ€™t always around. Technology can help fill the gaps, possibly in a way that may even help an individual feel more like an empowered person, less like a helpless patient. Thereâ€™s growing momentum around the idea that the consumer electronics of the future must not only entertain us when weâ€™re on the couch but also help us get off the couch, and not only keep us connected with each other but also with ourselves and our bodies.
Thereâ€™s a world of opportunity for the connected home to better support people who are managing chronic disease. While thereâ€™s a lot of diversity in the conditions that fall under the heading of â€œchronic,â€ from cancer to depression, and there are clearly no one-size-fits-all solutions, there are some common things a home-care ecosystem should provide.”
Instead of resembling outmoded PCs, home healthcare technology should look and feel like the other devices that surround us, argues Smart Design’s Dave Cronin in Fast Company.