About this Research Topic
Aging populations in virtually every country are increasing at an unprecedented rate, leading to increased numbers of people requiring medical attention and frequent monitoring. This will pose major challenges to both health and social systems and will result in a significant socio-economic burden. Both acute and chronic health care utilization, consisting of hospital admissions and outpatient attendances are major contributors to the costly issue of disease management worldwide.
Many factors, both unmodifiable and modifiable, play a role in healthy aging. The maintenance of healthy behaviors is key to healthy aging. Two such examples, performing regular physical activity, and receiving regular preventative care; are two of the major modifiable factors in disease management and prevention. Daily physical activity and a number of preventative care assessments can now be measured objectively in people’s home environments through the use of remote monitoring, which has great potential:
- Remote health monitoring of physical activity, physiological signals and vital signs will allow for low-cost health outcomes to be tracked across all ages for preventative measures as well as disease management. This will allow people to live longer at home, reduce the need for burdensome clinic visits as well as reducing the burden on providers, and aid with clinical decision making using real-world objective health outcomes.
- Remote monitoring will improve access to healthcare in remote areas, and in countries with developing infrastructures.
- Remote monitoring has the potential to significantly improve informed decision making for clinicians, through the integration with the standard of care.
This Research Topic therefore welcomes submissions on the remote monitoring of health in aging populations.
Keywords: Wearable Sensors, Remote Monitoring, Independent Living, Functional Health Status, Healthy Aging
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