Monday, December 12, 2005

Tech companies gear up for seniors

New technology on the way for seniors ...

"Microsoft may have found a market for its Internet-enabled wristwatch: as a device to remind seniors to take their meds.

Intel, Microsoft and a variety of academics and companies associated with the IT industry will participate this week in the Conference on Aging, a symposium sponsored by the White House every 10 years.

Health care, some believe, will become one of the major markets for computer companies because of the astounding problems and expenses associated with medicine and elder care. Approximately 16 percent of the U.S. annual gross domestic product is spent on health care, according to Eric Dishman, general manager of Intel's health research and innovation group. That figure could rise to 25 percent as baby boomers begin to retire, he added.

"That is unsustainable," Dishman said, adding, "There is a demographic tsunami coming."

Technologies for remote treatment could help deflate some of the costs. Some of the technology already exists; it just needs to be ported to the medical community."   continued ...   (Via CNET)

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