Infrastructure has traditionally been thought of in terms of solid structures: schools, roads, hospitals, power stations, telecommunications networks and sports facilities. But in recent years, digital technologies have started a revolution; one which is now extending to infrastructure, and which could support the transformation of healthcare.

Consider an older person whose smart meter data shows his energy use. Could the sudden increase represent that he’s leaving the house less frequently due to reduced mobility? Could that information then be used to intervene more speedily, preventing further deterioration?

Combining information from health wearables with information from infrastructure in a person’s household – and then with smart infrastructure used by those working in healthcare – could lead to much more effective preventative care.

Connected and modern infrastructure offers an array of opportunities, and predicting and averting medical emergencies is surely chief among them. In an era of growing demand and shrinking resources, seizing those opportunities could lead to real benefits for the health service and patients alike.

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