Growing supply / demand GAP

The Value of Smart Connections

The number of networked, smart devices in use is constantly increasing. They save energy and make households safer and more comfortable. More importantly, though, these technical assistants can be key to mastering challenges posed by demographic change.

Increasing life expectancy coupled with low birthrates is one of the reasons why the range of nursing care services currently on offer is already too low to cover demand, particularly in Europe. This problem will only worsen in the future – and quite drastically, at that. In Germany alone, there will be over a million more individuals in need of care by 2030, representing an increase of 34 percent over the current figure. Addressing this massive demand would require at least 480,000 additional full-time nursing care providers, representing an increase of over 60 percent. However, smart devices and systems that help nursing care recipients more efficiently or which help them to acquire a greater degree of independence could close the massive, looming gap between supply and demand.

The world's population is rapidly aging

The world's population is rapidly aging

Many people in need of care - few people to provide it

Many people in need of care - few people to provide it

Two extremes: Germany and India

Two extremes: Germany and India

Outpatient care: the ideal solution

Outpatient care: the ideal solution

Graphics: Werner Müller

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