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

Soar, Jeffrey (2011) Ageing, chronic disease, technology and smart homes: an Australian perspective. In: 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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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: Chapter 2. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 06:24
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2017 07:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing; aged care; technology; change; independent living; smart home
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-825-8.ch002

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