A recent study by the European Commission identified the 25 most promising technologies aimed at improving quality of life, increasing the efficiency of health and long term care delivery and market potential. Projects related to fall prevention and robotics for rehabilitation, basic services and loneliness showed great promise in improving quality of life. Integrated care projects dominated those aimed at improving efficiency. These same projects had the most market potential.
The study recommended implementation of valid evaluation methods to ensure generation of credible results as these products are brought to market. It was strongly recommended that the user be at the center of the design at every iteration of the process.
As more and more initiatives focus on technologies for older adults, these findings are instructive. The recommendations are relevant for all countries, researchers and technology companies as technologies evolve.