Ageing, chronic disease, technology and smart homes: an Australian perspective

Soar, Jeffrey (2011) Ageing, chronic disease, technology and smart homes: an Australian perspective. In: Clinical technologies: concepts, methodologies, tools and applications. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA. United States, pp. 1539-1553. ISBN 978-1-6096-0561-2


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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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. Print copy not held in the USQ Library. This work was previously published in Intelligent technologies for bridging the grey digital divide, edited by Jeffrey Soar, Rick Swindell and Philip Tsang, pp. 15-29, copyright 2011 by Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 07:07
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 03:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing; aged care; technology; assistive technologies
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-561-2.ch510

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