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As life expectancy improves, and the number of seniors also grows, so does the discussion around health care system improvement - as well as interest in strategies for enabling individuals to manage their own health. For instance, this could include improved health monitoring, at-home care, hospital management, improved assisted-living resources, as well as patient and caregiver education, and more.

Products and services that empower individuals to protect and manage their health may reduce the number of visits to the doctor. Additional resources for medical professionals may help alleviate challenges of communication and reduce burden in ERs from readmissions.

Here are some of the considerations around health care for seniors, and how voice over offers potential benefits or enhancements:

Interactive Voice Tech Devices and Health Care Information Delivery

There’s no doubt that from a patient’s perspective, information on what they need to do before or after surgery can be overwhelming - especially when one is emotional or worried over their health or recovery. Pamphlets and written instructions can be helpful, but these may be easy to misplace or hard to read. For the health care system, this may mean that patients miss critical information and either contact the hospital to ask questions - or worse - are admitted/re-admitted because their health begins to suffer.

However, a pre-recorded message or set of instructions from the hospital, fed through a tech device like an iPad or Google Home, might be just what the doctor ordered.

According to a 2017 Forbes article, “[Interactive voice tech has] potential to deliver important medical information to seniors living at home and older patients recently discharged from the hospital, to reduce costly readmissions, along with a means to complete vital preoperative checklists, are just some of the uses…”

The article also explores the possibility of having health care workers gain access to an audio version of a patient’s electronic medical records by verbal command, which would increase speed of delivery of potentially life-saving information.

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Medication Management

Devices like the MD2 Medication Management System can help seniors manage their prescriptions by alerting them of when to take their pills through a vocal reminder. Plus, it can also be setup to dispense the proper amount, as well as provide ‘caregiver alerts,’ which are voice messages sent to the senior’s caregiver, if a dosage is missed. Health Monitoring with Verbal Status Read-Outs

Imagine the state of our health, if we had better and more affordable detection systems and devices that helped us live better, longer? Technology companies are paying attention now, meaning that the not-so-distant future may contain product and service offerings beyond our wildest dreams, many of which may contain voice integration (e.g. think verbal health status readouts or reminders).

For instance, a company called Scanadu is currently working on FDA clearance for their diagnostic technology, which would allow in-home consumers to monitor their health in the comfort of their homes using urinalysis. According to the company website, ‘results can be read and analyzed using the Scanadu app and the camera on a smartphone. It all happens in a minute, and the information is designed to be displayed, stored, and shared via the Scanadu app.’

A Japanese company called Toto has a similar product, called the Flowsky, which was featured by Daily Mail (UK) alongside a number of other health care and accessibility technologies.

If the popularity of wearable technology has proven anything, it’s that individuals welcome the opportunity to measure and monitor their progress - especially when it comes to health and fitness. In the not-so-distant future, health-monitoring devices will provide an even greater wealth of information.

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