2015 Technology trends for the care sector
The continued adoption of smart devices seems an inevitable trend, it is estimated that there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Wearable technology is thought to be one of the key growth areas. From fitness tracking to heart rate monitoring and even using your smart watch as a remote control there are endless possibilities for making our lives easier. The wearable medical device market grew by 16.4% in 2014, according to a Transparency Market Research report, making the health care sector a key area for innovation.
In the healthcare sector wireless communications technologies which provide secure messaging between healthcare professionals, and real-time locating services that track instruments and devices to improve use and reduce waste, will all see massive growth. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30442178)
Your home may become smarter too with many companies launching devices enabling you to remotely control your heating and lighting systems and even let you know when you are running short of your favourite foods.
Maybe one day carers will check their roster on a smart watch, use a driverless car to get to the next appointment and check a client’s heart rate before they’ve even entered their home! But in the meantime nothing can beat face to face, one to one care.