Australian homes currently have an average of 17 connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, watches, TVs, wearable devices and even connected fridges.

And with Schneider Electric Smart Home Spaces Director Ben Green predicting that this number is going to rise to 37 connected devices per household by 2021, the potential of these devices is huge.

While the majority of these devices are currently used for safety – such as security systems, energy monitoring or comfort management like blinds, lighting and heating – we are slowly seeing a rise in connected health devices enter the home, either as direct clinical tools such as blood pressure cuffs, or secondary use devices that collect data and provide better insights into a patient’s activities and needs.

In addition, the proliferating number of mobile health apps in the market supports future potential. In 2017 alone, there were more than 325,000 mobile health apps available, with that number set to rise.

Patients use these mobile health apps to understand and manage their health needs, be it for their general wellness or managing specific diseases, or for operational purposes such as managing their health insurance or provider specific services.

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