Use of smart meters in health and care mon­i­tor­ing systems

Have you ever won­dered about using smart meters out­side of tra­di­tion­al appli­ca­tions in smart ener­gy and smart city projects? A new report by the inde­pen­dent think tank 2020health for social enter­pris­es exam­ines how smart meters can be used to remote­ly mon­i­tor vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of soci­ety and improve social services.

“Our report on the smart future of health­care explores how smart ener­gy data can or can be used to remote­ly mon­i­tor health and well-being. We are look­ing at oppor­tu­ni­ties in three major areas: sup­port for assist­ed liv­ing in the area, screen­ing and sup­port at the pop­u­la­tion lev­el, and self-mon­i­tor­ing. The report also takes into account the syn­er­gies and oppor­tu­ni­ties of research in the field of ener­gy health and the imple­men­ta­tion of solu­tions on a large scale.

Despite promis­ing pro­pos­als and con­vinc­ing demon­stra­tion of tech­no­log­i­cal poten­tial, research and devel­op­ment in the field of the use of smart meters in health and care con­texts is still in its ear­ly stages. The lack of progress world­wide, espe­cial­ly in the con­text of health sur­veil­lance, may be part­ly due to the fail­ure of gov­ern­ment and insti­tu­tion­al fund­ing to rec­og­nize the spe­cif­ic mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary require­ments for rig­or­ous clin­i­cal research with intel­li­gent ener­gy data and machine learn­ing. Research projects often end in an iso­lat­ed area, either in the ener­gy or health sec­tors. To demon­strate scal­a­bil­i­ty in the real world and clin­i­cal valid­i­ty, projects require col­lab­o­ra­tion between com­put­er sci­ence, engi­neer­ing, ener­gy, and healthcare.”

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