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Aging in Place Tech Guru Laurie Orlov Perspectives on Tech-enabled Home Care


I have a lot of respect and admiration for Laurie Orlov who is an industry consultant and recognized expert on technology for aging in place. I've had the opportunity to meet Laurie a number of times and to present in conferences with her. I read her blog religiously (you can find her Aging in Place Technology Watch by clicking here). On a lighter note, I definitely consider Laurie's editorial style to be snarky and she often focuses on the things that tech entrepreneurs are doing wrong. But... she's usually right.

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While her initial focus was on tech-devices for the elderly, Laurie has more recently taken a strong interest in tech-enabled home care. She wrote a strong paper on this several years ago (ahead of anyone else) and recently published a 2017 update. You can access it here.

The Value of Different Perspectives

One of my passions outside of home care is teaching. I live in Boston and have lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Bentley College, and I've served as adjunct faculty at UMass and at Babson College. One of the reasons that colleges bring adjunct faculty members is because they work in the industries that they teach in and they're able to bring an up to date perspective. In the computer technology arena, it is frankly hard to find textbooks that are up-to-date with the latest approaches used in tech companies like Ankota. For this reason, I always make it a point in class to compare and contrast what students read in their textbook with what I've taught in class. This gives them different perspectives (sometimes older vs. newer, sometimes theoretical vs. practical) and helps students understand more deeply.

As a suggestion, you should read Laurie's paper and Ankota's latest eBook, Blueprint for the Next Generation of Healthcare at Home

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