BI&T November/December 2016

Two major trends—the aging of millions of baby boomers and advancements in medical technology—are expected to fuel the upsurge in home healthcare. Advancements in medical technology and a need to reduce healthcare costs are prompting older adults living with chronic conditions to eschew hospital beds for the comfort of their homes. The November/December cover story explores the integration of medical devices into non–healthcare facility settings—and what the shift means for HTM professionals. Another major theme of the home care evolution is designing products specifically for use in the unique environments that are patients’ homes, underscoring the significant human factors aspect and the need for usability testing during initial device design.

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