Woman checks smart meter in her home.

Telehealth benefits of smart meters

When thinking of smart meters, you may think that their usages only apply to saving energy, but a new study shows that this might not be the case.

A study published today (Nov 18) by 2020Health, and commissioned by Smart Energy GB, shows that the meters may have health benefits for the most vulnerable in society.

With their consent, a user’s data can be stored and analysed to give a picture of what their average day looks like and can be used to indicate when something is out of the ordinary, allowing some people to lead a more independent life.

The data could be used to indicate conditions like insomnia, mental health issues or pain by being able to identify that a kettle is being used late in the night, when usually it wouldn’t be.

Similarly, complete lack of energy activity may indicate that someone has had a fall, had a stroke or suffering with acute illnesses.

Indicators like this become invaluable to health care and social workers when someone is first discharged from hospital or they are known to suffer with the previously mentioned conditions.

Julia Manning, Director of 2020health and member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council, said:

“Scaling affordable health and care solutions in Britain is always a challenge but remains urgent.

“Our aging society indicates a future of much greater healthcare need, and smart meter technology could prove useful in making it easier and safer for people with conditions, such as dementia, to live independently in their homes for longer, delaying transition to the care home setting and providing peace of mind to family and loved ones.

“Harnessing this technology could bring benefits to all: patients, caregivers, family members and healthcare providers across the UK.”

NHE Jan.Feb 21

NHE Jan/Feb 21

Creating a net zero NHS

NHE’s Jan/Feb 2021 edition focuses on the role of pharma working alongside the NHS, how we are working to digitise the health service and the ways in which the NHS can be involved in addressing the climate emergency.

Videos...

View all videos
BMC Whitepaper

Survey

How well do the NHS understand digital potential?

Recently we have been gathering primary data direct from those within the NHS on modernising NHS technology and the challenges faced around resource, training and service management.

Download the full whitepaper and read the full findings in our exclusive report to learn more.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all