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Elderly Spaniards Can Get Medical Checkups Via Kinect

In Spain's Basque Country, some of the oldest residents are getting the newest communications technology. The region is piloting a system that allows doctors to monitor elderly patients remotely using motion sensors originally developed for Microsoft's Xbox. The system also includes more mundane things, such as apps that let people of all ages access their health records, a call center for medical advice, and an online appointment-making service. The idea is to reduce healthcare costs in Basque Country by reducing the number of face-to-face doctor's appointments people have to make, CNBC reports. The company in charge of the system, Accenture, says the system saved the region of 2 million people $55 million in its first year.

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