Walt Maclay: profile

Walt Maclay
Background: 

Walt Maclay, President of Voler Systems, is committed to delivering quality electronic products on time and on budget. Voler Systems provides the integrated design, development and risk assessment of new devices for medical, industrial, semiconductor, and instrumentation applications. Voler is active in the problems of the aged, home health, and wearable devices, using its skills in sensors, wireless, motion control, and medical devices.

Mr. Maclay is recognized as a domain expert in Silicon Valley technical consulting associations. He is an instructor for the Product Realization NPI Program. He has also been past President of the Professional and Technical Consultants Association (PATCA). He has applied his outstanding leadership to many multidisciplinary teams that have delivered quality electronic devices. Mr. Maclay holds a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

My Articles & Research on Tech-enhanced Life

Isolation and Loneliness: HaveYourSay Circle

In the last co-creation meeting one group focussed on the issues of seniors being isolated and lonely. This is one of the top problems for seniors. As we age we lose our spouse and our friends. We also lose the ability to drive and get around. This results in isolation and loneliness. Our group identified the following things.

 

 

Trends in Technology Use by Older Adults

Pew Research has released a report that shows a substantial increase in the use of technology by older adults. They increased the use of the Internet, smart phones, and TV.

 

 

Canes Aren't Old Looking Anymore

This is an article about canes that have modern improvements and look modern. If you use a cane, you will want to read this.

 

 

Reduce Isolation by Meditating

Many older people live alone and don't get to see and talk to their family members very often.  Often their friends have died or they or their friends have moved.  Isolation and loneliness are major issues that result in health problems for the elderly.

This article shows how meditation can reduce loneliness.  There were other health benefits as well.  Read this article, and you may decide to start meditating!

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Needed Walker Improvements: More Functionality and Customization

Walkers are a life-saver for many people. They help older adults avoid falls and keep their independence. They also help patients in the hospitals who are recovering from surgeries or illnesses. They fill a need and many probably don’t think to examine the walker any further. However there hasn’t been much innovation in the walker arena in many years. The basic design has changed little and there is definitely room for improvement.

 

 

Aging and Community Redefined Conference

I recently joined other thought leaders at a PAMF event on Aging and Community Redefined.

The keynote was Dr. Bruce Chernof, CEO of the SCAN Foundation. His mission is to advance the development of the sustainable continuum of care for seniors. He describes the solution to the problem of the aging with three main points. One is stop perfecting 1972, the second is to address people not patients, and the third is the tipping point is simplicity plus a dose of intensity.

His first main point was that healthcare, including Medicare, is not solving today's problems. We keep...

 

 

Quantified Self's Guide to Self-Tracking Tools Reaches 500 Devices

Recently I attended a TiE event on "Quantified Self: The Next Frontier in Mobile Self-Tracking". It was a panel of experts who gave an overview of the state-of-the-art and latest developments in self-tracking tools. One resource that was mentioned that I have found particularly interesting is the Quantified Self's Guide to Self-Tracking Tools. It documents more than 500 tools for fitness, sleep, learning, gas mileage, medicine and productivity.  Many of these are useful for the elderly.

 

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Home Health Care – Who are the stakeholders?

Home healthcare is a huge market. The demand is growing. Investors, executives, and technologists all have ideas for solutions. The key to moving things forward is to bring all of these stakeholders together to look at their issues and concerns.

 

 

Health Technology Forum Conference 2013: Notes

One of the best conferences I attended this year was Health Technology Forum 2013 in San Francisco. Two sessions stood out in particular: