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Ann Geriatr Med Res 2017; 21(3): 95-100  https://doi.org/10.4235/agmr.2017.21.3.95
The Prospect of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Home Healthcare in Super-Aged Society
Jai-Yon Lee1, Jae-Young Lim1,2
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jae-Young Lim, MD, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 82 Gumi-ro 173beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 13620, Korea
Tel: +82-31-787-7732 Fax:+82-31-787-4051 E-mail: drlim1@snu.ac.kr
Received: June 16, 2017; Revised: July 4, 2017; Accepted: July 5, 2017; Published online: September 30, 2017.
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The advent of the fourth industrial revolution which combines the physical, digital, and biological spaces based on the information and communication technology (ICT) is changing the paradigm of the healthcare industry. As the concept of “aging-in-place” and wellness are attracting attention in super-aged society, smart care has been noticed as a core service for home healthcare. The effectiveness of remote medical services using smart devices has already been confirmed, and a hospital in the home may be recognized as another medical unit in the next 10 years. Though, prior to the expansion of home healthcare services, it is necessary to review the related considerations and response strategies to minimize potential risks. By means of appropriate utilization of biometric information from digital technologies and institutional supports, a human-centered home healthcare is expected to establish accurate, safe, and sustainable services in tandem with the fourth industrial revolution.
Keywords: Fourth industrial revolution, Home care services, Aging

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