Nowadays people in developed countries live longer and longer: in 1970s the life expectancy in these countries was about 70 years, while during the 2000s life expectancy has risen up to nearly 74,7 years and 81,1 for men and women respectively. This trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future. This astonishing increase in life expectancy has been accompanied in these same countries by a sharp decrease in birth rate. The combined effect of these two factors mean that the dependency ratio (number of active people per retired person), if the trend remain the same, will drop from 4 to 2 by 2050. The immediate consequence of this is that there will be no enough “hands” to care for the older people unless we accept that the society gets to a standstill because every single young person leaving school or university enrols in elderly care. The only solution in view is extending the care capacity of people employed in elderly care by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on a totally different scale compared to what we have seen so far.
HIM SA entered the arena of ICT for elderly care (also known as Ambient Assisted Living or AAL, telecare and telehealth) in the early 2000s. At that time HIM SA was still a young company with a good track-record in the management of European projects and a recognized understanding of the health business in several European countries but still not focused enough in the eyes of its Management Team. With a bold step, HIM SA decided to enter the ICT-based elderly care field with the firm intention to become a relevant player in it.
HIM SA, in collaboration with HIS of Munich, of which it is a major shareholder, has developed the most natively integrated and advanced AAL platform currently on the market and has become a recognised centre of competence in AAL.
Since 2006, HIM SA has managed numerous European and commercial projects in the area of Ambient Assisted Living, which is at the cross-hairs of eInclusion and eHealth, all of which aimed at improving the quality of life of end users– older people and chronic patients which are often synonymous – and the economic sustainability of elderly care without compromising with the quality and equality of access to it.