Home medical alert systems expected to reduce burden on healthcare system

lisa_wurth

December 15, 2010

The aging population of the United States has been a worry for the past few years, as lawmakers try and devise a way that ensures that the healthcare system is sustainable. There will be a marked physician and nurse shortage in proportion to senior citizens, so many are seeking alternative solutions, according to iHealthBeat.org.

Scientist Soeren Mattke attended a conference in Washington D.C. this month and touched on the issue.

"Inaction is simply not an option," he said, the news source reports. In addition to the other panelists, Mattke suggested that home healthcare technology will be integral to meeting the needs of patients in the near future. He added that there will have to be public policies that support these options. Some companies have also been hesitant, because they doubt that seniors will adapt to medical alert systems.

To counter this argument, AARP senior vice president for Livable Communities Strategies Elinor Ginzler explained that research has shown that older adults are willing to learn about devices that will keep them in their homes for longer .

Additionally, many personal emergency response systems are simple and easy to use. With the press of a button, this device can be used to send a medical alert to caregivers or doctors when a senior requires assistance.