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Consumers Showing Increased Interest in Virtual Care

August 14, 2017
by Heather Landi
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Sixty percent of U.S. broadband households are interested in remote care that would take place online or by telephone, according to connected health research from Park Associates.

The research firm examined emerging use cases that leverage smart home infrastructure for connected health experiences, including remote health monitoring, personal safety monitoring, virtual coaching, and lifestyle tracking for wellness improvement.

The research found that about 50 percent of consumers are interested in remote care for follow-up care following an illness or hospitalization and about the same are interested in virtual care for ongoing treatment of a chronic health condition. What’s more, consumers also are interested in virtual care for when a sudden but non-life-threatening condition occurs as well as for routine checkups.

“As the consumer-focused transformation in healthcare broadens, more care will be delivered in non-acute settings, including in people’s homes,” Elizabeth Parks, SVP, Parks Associates, said in a statement. “At this workshops, we will address the tremendous potential for home-based health and wellness solutions as well as independent living products and services to expand opportunities in the smart home and IoT.”

 

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