Title: A holistic review and framework for sustainable business models for assisted living technologies and services

Authors: Festus Oluseyi Oderanti; Feng Li

Addresses: Hertfordshire Business School, University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9NE, UK ' Cass Business School, City University, 106 Bunhill Row, EC1Y 8TZ, London, UK

Abstract: Despite heavy investment in health and social care sectors in the UK, large scale deployment of assisted living technologies and services (ALTS) continues to face significant obstacles, and the lack of sustainable business models (BM) is widely regarded as one of the greatest hindrances. Based on a systematic review of previous studies, this paper identifies current trends in digital technologies and how they are used in assisted living. We categorise and analyse these technologies and through the lens of diffusion of innovation theory (DOI), we review the concepts and frameworks of BM as used in the literature to suggest conceptual frameworks for sustainable BMs for scalable ALTS in digital economy. This is expected to help in reducing the pressure on the already stretched health and social care services in the UK and other similar economies. Our approach suggests that BM canvas and DOI innovation diffusion characteristics are complements, not substitutes.

Keywords: assisted living; assistive technology; business model; telecare; telehealth; telemedicine.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2016.084128

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2016 Vol.15 No.4, pp.273 - 307

Received: 24 Oct 2015
Accepted: 05 Sep 2016

Published online: 10 May 2017 *

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