On CNET: Connected Health & Your Smart Home

On CNET: Connected Health & Your Smart Home

When we think about connected health, we often think wearables: smart watches, health trackers, etc. However, with the rise of more connected home technology, the next health wearable may very well be your smart home.

As we wire our homes with more and more sensors, it's possible that a connected home will be able to not only report on a user's health, but also to predict potential health crises.

ADT, Alarm.com, and MivaTek are all companies in the home security business that are now stretching their existing infrastructure to serve connected health. MivaTek is working on a version of its Home8 smart home kit for "medication adherence" using cameras, motion detectors, a pendant panic button, and a tilt-sensing smart pill dispenser, which can be used to monitor how an elderly or recovering person is progressing.

The appeal of connected health technology lies in several areas: the freedom/independence it allows ill and/or elderly individuals, the ease of user experience, and the cost effectiveness of smart home health care. By utilizing existing sensor technology, smart homes can help save the average $19-26/hour cost of a home health provider, while giving recovering patients or elderly individuals a sense of personal independence.

What sort of connected health technology to do you want to see?