“”Gray” Technologies for Global Aging: Bringing Healthcare Home”
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation
While we were all paying attention to “old computers” with the Y2K challenge at the end of 1999, another major global change was happening: we crossed over to having more older people than younger people on the planet for the first time in human history. Now we have what Mr. Dishman calls the “Y2K+10” problem: this year is when the first Baby Boomers become eligible for retirement and Social Security. But with all of our nation’s talk about healthcare reform, we are still largely ignoring the reality that we will not have enough doctors, nurses, hospital beds, clinic appointments, or dollars to continue to do healthcare—that is centralized and institutionalized—as usual. We have to move healthcare from the hospital and clinician to the home and consumer. And a wide array of telehealth, e-care, and aging-in-place technologies can help us do just that. In this talk, Mr. Dishman will share findings and prototypes from Intel’s 10-year journey—with observational studies in more than 1000 elderly households across 20 countries—that show the potential for new technologies and industries to help us prepare for global aging in much the same way we are doing for global warming.