UVA 'Health House' groundbreaking

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Here comes the second generation of ‘smart homes.’  The University of Virginia and the Charlottesville chapter of Habitat for Humanity are partnering to construct two ‘health houses’:  structurally-adapted and specially-equipped residences which will have equipment to monitor and transmit vital signs readings to remote caregivers. Upon completion in fall (autumn) 2010, both will be occupied by women. Intel will be equipping each home with their Health Guide, broadband services via Comcast–both free for two years–and monitoring provided by UVA’s Continuum Home Health Care.  The release positions this as part of ‘healthcare reform’ and its goal to reduce hospital admissions is targeted.  However, there are other factors (see above article) that may negate this goal.  Release.