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With Elder-Support Service, Apple Moves Deeper Into The Health Care Space | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

In partnership with a company called Japan Post, IBM and Apple plan to bring an iPad-based service to 4 or 5 million elderly people in the Asian nation by 2020.

Japan Post is a government-owned holding company that runs a postal service, and it already offered a "watch over" service through which, for a fee, postal employees checked up on elderly people and reported back to their families about their well-being. If all goes as planned, by next year, that same Japan Post worker will show up at elderly people's homes with an iPad loaded with "quality of life" apps that help do things like scheduling medical appointments, hiring home maintenance professionals, volunteering, and coordinating travel. When the postal service employees check in, they’ll also help their customers with any questions about using this suite of apps.

It’s pretty smart for a company with daily access to people's homes, like the postal service, to expand into elder care. It’s also a pretty great way for Apple to sell 4 million or 5 million iPads to Japan Post, which will provide the iPads to customers for free and charge a subscription fee for the service.

Apple, IBM and Japan Post partnering in #Eldercare #technology apps to provide greater "quality of life" – Japan today USA tomorrow? #agedcare #ageing

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