Soar, Jeffrey (2011) Ageing, chronic disease, technology and smart homes: an Australian perspective. In: Soar, Jeffrey and Swindell, Rick and Tsang, Philip, (eds.) Intelligent technologies for bridging the grey digital divide. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, United States, pp. 15-29. ISBN 978-1-61520-825-8
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Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-825-8.ch002
This chapter explores ageing, chronic disease, technology and social change. Healthcare has been transformed through medical technology but there is much still to be done to enable seamless exchanges between all carers which is expected to improve safety, quality and efficiency. There is massive potential for technology to transform the experience of ageing including assisting with the management of chronic disease, coordinated care and guided self-care for consumers. Innovative technologies are increasingly available to assist in maintaining health and independent living. This includes telecare, telehealth, assistive technologies, robots and smart homes. A challenge is in providing access to and support in the use of technologies where there are clear benefits to consumers, carers, providers and funders of healthcare. The chapter also reports on the Queensland Smart Home Initiative which is one of several organisations internationally that share a mission of assisting people to be supported through these technologies.
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