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2023-08-24 press release

IFA 2023 - E-associations: Smart applications support future-proof health care

At IFA 2023, VDE, ZVEH and ZVEI will be presenting smart healthcare applications in the "House of Smart Living". There, the associations will present the potential that this offers for healthcare aligned to the well-being of patients.

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(Frankfurt am Main, Aug. 24, 2023) Efficient, decentralized and yet close to people - smart applications can help improve medical and nursing care for people in their own homes. How? That's what the "House of Smart Living" organized by VDE, ZVEH and ZVEI will be showing at IFA (Hall 2.2) from September 1 to 5, 2023. There, the associations will present the potential that smart health applications offer for healthcare aligned to the well-being of patients.

It's hard to imagine a car without assistance systems. Now they are also making their way into people's own homes and ensuring that senior citizens, people with disabilities or the chronically ill feel safer in their own homes and that their relatives can sleep better knowing that help will be on hand quickly in an emergency. For example, the House of Smart Living will showcase various applications that are networked via KNX technology - such as a sensor floor with fall detection and emergency call function, automatically retractable cabinets, a self-learning, AI-controlled voice control system, and a breathing air measurement system for diabetes patients. But other technologies can also actively promote the health and well-being of building users. For example, "human centric lighting" (HCL) can support the natural rhythm of the day, or ventilation technology can reduce the CO2 content in the air we breathe. Both contribute to improving concentration.

These smart applications in buildings from the field of health can support care and well-being "at home". However, for healthcare to be viable in the future, it is still essential to make medical applications available outside hospitals and medical practices. This requires increased digitization and networking. By securely sharing relevant information, diagnoses can be made more quickly and therapies can be better tailored to patients' needs. Remote regions, which are often medically underserved, also benefit: Telemedicine gives them access to modern and efficient care. In addition, intelligent technologies make healthcare more efficient. This saves costs and helps keep the healthcare system affordable in the long term.

A look at demographics shows that this is essential: The shortage of skilled workers is particularly acute in medical and nursing professions, and many employees are suffering from overwork. Healthcare costs are rising, and demographic change will further exacerbate the situation: according to figures from the German Federal Statistical Office, 25 percent of Germans, or 20.4 million people, will be over 67 in 2033.