As mobile technology continues to gain popularity across the United States, assisted living communities have moved to incorporate a higher number of such devices into their eldercare strategies. According to a recent report from a healthcare research firm, those centers, along with the healthcare industry, are driving the market for remote monitoring medical devices that allow physicians to track the heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs of patients.

Earlier this month, the firm – Kalorama Information – released a report called Advanced Patient Monitoring Systems, which showed that the U.S. market for telemonitoring solutions saw a drastic increase over the last year. In 2011, these medical devices accounted for a total of $8.9 billion in sales. In 2012, this figure rose to $10.6 billion, a 19 percent jump from the previous year and a huge improvement from the $4 billion reported in 2007. These figures have enormous implications for the assisted living industry, as more communities make the switch to new technologies.

"We expected growth and that growth was certainly seen between 2011 and 2012," Melissa Elder, an analyst with Kalorama Information, said in a press release. "The market has benefited from the demand to move to a more wireless and streamlined operation, both within major health facilities and in the home treatment markets."

The abstract of the report attributes the increase in sales to the rising cost of healthcare, a lack of medical resources, the aging of the population and the cost-effectiveness that remote monitoring offers. Assisted living communities looking to take advantage of the benefits that come with remote care monitors should look into eldercare solutions like Independa.

Our Caregiver Web App helps inspire independent senior living by allowing care managers to use a remote dashboard to set up daily schedules and reminders for elderly individuals from their smartphones, computers or tablets – wherever they have WiFi access. These professionals can set up alerts and receive proactive information regarding their clients at any time and place, and continually attend to their individual needs. Alerts are received via email, text or or LG TV help ensure the care recipient won't miss prescriptions or important social events. For more information on how we can help your assisted living community, visit our contact us page to reach Independa by email.