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Health at Home: The Next Center of Care

Health at Home: The Next Center of Care

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With people living longer, many with chronic diseases, the demand for healthcare services becomes ever greater leading to increased costs to governments, employers, and private insurers. What if there was technology that would help connect the elderly, or people suffering from a chronic medical condition to extra monitoring and support, as well as to healthcare professionals and medical services? And what if all this could be accessed from the comfort of home?

One of companies that is specializing in software and hardware for this market is QualiLife in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland.  I first met company founder and CEO, Claudio Giugliemma, during one of his trips to the Microsoft campus a couple of years ago.  Last Fall, I had an opportunity to catch up with him again during a business trip I made to meet with Microsoft customers and partners in Zurich.  I was impressed by the progress QualiLife has made in developing tools and technologies to not only help people with disabilities and the elderly use computers, but to help extend care right into the home.  So, I invited Mr. Giugliemma and one of his business partners, Dr. Luca Munari, to participate in an audio-cast for my House Calls for Healthcare Professionals series on www.microsoft.com.  Here is the link to the show.  I hope you enjoy the program.

 

Health at home: The next center of care
This program is also available in MP3 for download.

Special Guests

Mr. Claudio Giugliemma is the founder and CEO of QualiLife Inc., a Swiss company specializing in the development and distribution of award-winning software solutions that make all technologies fully accessible to anyone, regardless of age, ability and knowledge. QualiLife’s approach has measurably increased the use of computers in several areas, including the home, the work environment, in hospitals, retirement homes, and so on.

Dr. Luca M. Munari is currently General Manager of SapioLife, a leading provider of hospital and home care services in Italy. Dr. Munari holds specialty licenses in both Neurology and Biostatistics, and has a Master Certificate as General Manager of healthcare organizations where he has held a variety of clinical and executive appointments.

 

Bill Crounse, MD   Senior Director, Worldwide Health    Microsoft Corporation

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    This initiative is more than needed. Persons with disabilities will profit more than those not yet disbled from intelligent techniques.

    To allow persons with disturbed memory and/or orientation independent activities outside their homes, they need smartphones with pedestrian navigation to guide them to their destinations and back home. Commercial solutions are still to complicated to use and do not offer the necessary features needed for this special group of people. They should be able to function as SAR-system, sending off alarm and position if a person leaves a safe zone. Pedestrian routes must be stored and easily retrievable. In case of need, external routing must be possible. An Meet-Your-Buddy-Option should be implemented.  The smartphone must be simple to use or communication possible without action of the disabled person.

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    Thanks for your comments.  Everything you mention on the SmartPhone is certainly possible with software.  We just need the appropriate markets and developers to create these solutions.  The legions of aging baby boomers will certainly create the necessary markets.  The rest is up to the development community to meet the demand for new software and services.

    Bill Crounse, MD

  • Last week I met with two company CEO's here in Redmond who wanted to show me their latest solutions for

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