Tomorrow I was supposed to be attending the GE Game Changers Summit in New York but instead I have to talk Mobile Health with a couple of Health Care Organizations. I will really miss not being in NYC for what looks like an amazing event that brings together Innovation, Health and Gaming. I hope I can catch some of it at Ustream tomorrow: http://www.ustream.tv/GE
I was also reading an article about monitoring Seniors and their social isolation. Check out this article from Information Week.
The issue of Aging in place is a growing issue for seniors as we see more baby boomers retire. I think there will be a growing demand for sensor solutions that will enable remote monitoring of seniors that consequently will allow them to stay at home and independent.
As we push social elements in to all aspects of our lives I think there is an opportunity to bridge the generational divide with this remote monitoring technology. I would like to see The Green Button concept (in the Rainbow Button initiative used to allow health sensor data to be streamed an anonymously and used as data inputs to games. Imagine if the grandkids had a sensor stream from their Grandparents feeding activity in the games on their iPad, iPod or game console. It would create a bridge for those generations to communicate regularly and break down the reluctance that might be felt by seniors that their kids were snooping on them.
Just a thought…….