Anna Essén is a PhD Candidate at the Stockholm University School of Business. Her research deals with the potential role of technology vs human labor in the production of care services. She is currently analyzing data from telehealth projects in the Swedish elderly care setting.
Dr Moya Conrick is an academic specialising in nursing and health informatics. She is founder of Health Informatics in Australia and chair of Nursing Informatics Australia. Moya has served on many nursing and informatics committees and is currently a member of the Australian Health Information Council (AHIC), the Clinical and Consumer Advisory Group (NeHTA) and a long standing member of the Standards Australia Health Informatics Committee (IT14) and IT14/2. She is also an adviser to the International Council of Nurses and the Royal College of Nursing Australia. Moya has numerous publications and has lectured and facilitated workshops and seminars nationally and internationally. She is the editor of the book 'Health informatics: transforming healthcare with technology'.
Visions and realities: developing 'smart' homes for seniors in Sweden
Anna Essén, Moya Conrick
The smart home concept with its vision of embedding technology in houses or apartments gained much interest during the end of the 20th and the beginning of 21st century. Although the vision remains, the enthusiasm has diminished somewhat with the one exception: senior housing. Smart homes for seniors have been touted in recent years as the means of enabling ‘aging at home’ and so relieve the pressure on health systems. This research examines the players, issues and current state of development of technology based services in the senior housing sector in Sweden. It is underpinned by the theories of development and innovation and the use of qualitative methods such as observations and in-depth interviews with a broad cross section of players in the sector. This research reveals some of the shortcomings of the approaches used in developing smart housing for the senior population. These include the focus on the technical possibilities rather than solving the every day problems of end-users, the narrow scope of projects, lack of multidisciplinary involvement and insufficient resource.
Smart Housing; Assistive Technology; Aged Care Informatics; Smart Technology; Health Informatics