Smart Homes could save NHS Billions

Smart Homes could save NHS Billions

A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) claims that installation of smart technology in homes across the UK could save the NHS billions of pounds every year. Installation of smart technologies such as remote monitoring systems, mobile devices, sensors and CCTV could contribute to giving an ageing population more independence alongside reducing the risk of hospital visits.

A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE) claims that

Installation of smart technology in homes across the UK could save the NHS billions of pounds every year. Installation of smart technologies such as remote monitoring systems, mobile devices, sensors and CCTV could contribute to giving an ageing population more independence alongside reducing the risk of hospital visits.

The report argues that installation of outside lighting systems, handrails and slip-resistant surfaces could reduce the risk of falls which is the primary cause of hospital admissions for over-65s. The report references a similar report from New Zealand claiming basic modifications such as these resulted in 39% reduction in injury from falls. Dr Helen Meese, lead author of the report claims that the ageing population is getting more in tune with technology and are embracing the technology advancements in recent years

Dr Helen Meese

Lead author

“Contrary to popular belief, our growing ageing population is becoming more tech savvy and this will only increase in the decades to come,”

Remote Monitoring

The ability to monitor your elderly family members and advancements in tech from the likes of amazon mean that relatives can raise alarms and call family members completely hands-free in case of emergency. Along with smart lighting systems allowing internal lighting to be triggered on movement as elderly people tripping over in the dark seems to be a leading contributor to falls.

The report recommends that the government establish financial incentives for construction companies to build ‘smart’ homes. A home that enables people to age well and will reduce to cost to the taxpayer thanks to reduced hospital visits. It also recommends that the government should modernise the UK’s design and construction regulations to create a ‘kitemark’ for cognitive houses that utilise smart technologies to asses and adapt to users needs.