Some architects argue that the future of retirement living communities in the UK rests in features that improve the ability for healthcare providers to deliver telemedicine services to older people.
A joint venture from GE Healthcare and Intel has incorporated sensors commonly used to track residents' health measures
at assisted living facilities into blueprints for private residences that will monitor them for the risk of high blood pressure and blood sugar, according to Times of London.
"It is about the individual and how we can empower a person to age at home and stay well,"Agnes Berzsenyi, GEs general manager for home health, told the news provider, adding that pricing would be similar to the up-front installation costs and monthly fees associated with cable television.
Telemedicine has been developed in rural areas of the United States as well, including an Arkansas program called SAVES that provides rapid diagnoses for potential stroke victims who may not live near a qualified facility.
The program allowed one woman living in a small town to make a full recovery after a massive stroke because of local doctors who were able to communicate with stroke neurologists immediately after the incident.