Medical home in the future

 
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Real soon it will be possible that our home will be fully equipped with modern sensor technology.

If you enter the bathroom in the morning, a display will show you a complete overview of variable vital parameter. Intelligent sensor technique is placed everywhere in the house and supervises your 24 hour.
Therefore it is possible that the medical supervising system gives you initial instructions what you have to do in order to improve your physical condition already when you get out of bed. For example, you have to drink more to adjust your fluid balance or take your dally drugs or you should be careful because of your hypertensive,. . . . .
It is easily conceivable that the sensors are also recognising if you are mentally unstable. An instruction from the system can be that you should take specific pills. Can we call that psycho doping or will it be normal in future?
Moreover your urine will be checked daily and the system will recognise if something is out of order.
Additionally, it can recognise if you have drunken too much at the day before or something like that. Such a situation will lead us to the negative side of view. What does it mean if the health parameter is directly transferred to health insurances? It is possible that you have to pay higher insurance contributions because you have drink too much.
Anyway, such a system can also bring benefits. In case of narcoleptic attacks, myocardial infections or also accidents the system can react fast and notify help as soon as possible. Maybe already before the narcoleptic attack or the myocardial infections happen.

Is it possible that this is way of supervision of our home will be the one of the year 2030?

 

10 Responses to “Medical home in the future”

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  2. “This describes my worst nightmare! No individuality, complete control by (probably) authorities or companies, a brave new world! And what does it bring? Happiness…I don’t think so. Sophisticated techniques like sensor technologies can help us to enjoy living. But not in this way.”

    René Stenvert at LinkedIn Group: Telemedicine & E-Health

     
  3. “I can see positive applications for those with severe medical conditions that live alone (seizures, high risk of stroke, etc). The risks to personal privacy are too many, in my opinion, to target generally healthy populations. In addition, with the turmoil many are facing with high health insurance deductibles and co-pays, I would wonder how many people would be willing to risk those costs rising further.”

    Margaret McCliment at LinkedIn Group: Telemedicine & E-Health

     
  4. “The thing about decking out a house full of technology is — who will pay for all this especially with the elderly? The government?”

    C.G. Low at LinkedIn Group: Telemedicine & E-Health

     
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  7. For kids and adults this health visions also describes my worst nightmare. I don’t think that it’s a good idea to share all my personal data with my health insurance automatically without any permission. For example, when I had a hard night the day before and the urine sensor shares my health values with the health insurance, how should they react? What should they do with their new knowledge from my health values? Should they forbid me, to meet friends and have a drink with them? Should they raise my insurance contribution?

    I like the idea of the medical home for elderly persons with special needs, for example dementia patients. I think there could be great advantages when you find an easy way to analyze and graph all the collected data from different sources. But you have to check then, who will pay for this.

     
  8. I think the idea of monitoring and controling our selfs via IT technology fully automated has in this case been taken a little too far. I would not feel very comfortable if I would knew that I´m supervised in every minute of my life. For me it sounds more like a futuristic nightmare, and I´m glad that I´m not alone with this opinion. I think we need to steer a middle course which takes andvantage of the very important features like helping people in a life-threatening situation but also does not completely abolish private life.

     
  9. The vision you propose is close to a paradize, if we except the part about transmitting your data to your insurrance company.
    Personnal reminders for pills, or small pieces of advice to readjust your fluid balance could be enough to make you feel supported in your treatment.
    Concerning the data transmission, it would be great if it were in direction to your doctors, with a strict control of what is transmitted to whow, according to what you want to be transmetted, instead of in direction to your insurrance company, a point that can lead, as someone pointed out before, to increasing fees if something were wrong with your data.

     
  10. I’m also quite skeptical about this vision. If I had such monitoring equipment in my home, I would feel rather uncomfortable and “guarded”. It reminds me of the movie “the Island”, where this kind of technology is used to control the life of everyonn in every possible way. In my opinion, there are too many ways of abusing such a system and therefore I could not agree it with my personal freedom.

    However, I can also think of potentially useful applications in some special cases. Institutions like hospitals or retirement homes could benefit from it, because they have to perform those checkups on a regular basis anyways. By establishing a sensor system, which can perform the required measurements and checkups, these institutions could save some time and money.

     

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