Addressing Rapidly Aging Society Challenges Through Health 4.0

Pedro A. Moreno-Sánchez, Konstantinos Banitsas, Mark van Gils, Maysam Abbod

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Abstract

People in the world are living longer than ever before, a major achievement of modern science and healthcare. Older people make up a growing proportion of the population, as well as an increasing contribution to society. However, an aging population might lead to the presumption that there will be an increased need for health and social care services. The reality, however, is more complicated. Without significant improvements in healthcare, the aging population will increase the number of people with ill-health and disabilities. Chronic conditions, and multiple morbidities at the same time will increase in numbers common. This, in turn, will put additional pressure on public services and care providers. To meet this demand, there is a need to adapt digital health and care systems and support for elderly as well as their informal caregivers. Currently, digital technologies are advancing at a rapid pace, with promising achievements that will have a relevant impact on the healthcare field. These advanced digital technologies (robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, internet of things, or virtual-augmented reality) are grouped under the concept of Health 4.0, which fosters the use of cyber-physical systems to transform the current hospital-centric care delivery toward a more ubiquitous, smart, preventive, and personalized approach. This paper explores how health and care need change with age and how this need can be accommodated using Heath 4.0 technologies. We contribute to the Health 4.0 literature by offering a synthesis of the benefits and challenges that elderly people deal with when using Health 4.0 technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMEDICON’23 and CMBEBIH’23 - Proceedings of the Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing MEDICON and International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering CMBEBIH—Volume 1
Subtitle of host publicationImaging, Engineering and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
EditorsAlmir Badnjević, Lejla Gurbeta Pokvić
PublisherSpringer
Pages764-772
Number of pages9
VolumeVol. 1
ISBN (Print)9783031490613
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventMediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing and International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 14 Sept 202316 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Volume93
ISSN (Print)1680-0737
ISSN (Electronic)1433-9277

Conference

ConferenceMediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing and International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering
Country/TerritoryBosnia and Herzegovina
CitySarajevo
Period14/09/2316/09/23

Keywords

  • Aging society
  • AI
  • Cloud computing
  • Connected health
  • Health 4.0
  • IoT
  • Robotics
  • Virtual augmented reality

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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