I've been advocating for activity watches for years. The value of connectedness with the addition of the metrics these inexpensive devices bring is high. This research provides more hard data on the importance of addressing loneliness—an enemy post of being elderly in the United States.
I still think the biggest barrier is simple maintenance. Proper charging and wearing of activity watches. Young people take for granted the ease of problem-solving technology. For older people living alone, it's a mountain to climb.
I hope Medicare will extend the RPM function to any elderly person so they can take advantage of these devices.
Don Wicklegren is Xilium's founder. He is a technologist by profession who started his career pre-internet in remote medical technology and learning. He has worked in both small and large corporations with world-wide remote staff and became a part of the team who developed the first commercial internet. As an entrepreneur, he started his first technology company in 2001. In Xilium, he focuses on innovating solutions for the US healthcare system.