Accessible telehealth - Leveraging consumer-level technologies and social networking functionalities for senior care

Jaspaljeet Singh Dhillon, Burkhard C Wünsche, Christof Lutteroth

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Abstract

The increasing cost of healthcare represents a serious challenge to most developed countries. Telehealth has been widely promoted as a technology to make healthcare more effective and affordable. However, current telehealth systems suffer from vendor lock-in and high cost, and are designed for managing chronic diseases, rather than preventing them. In this paper we evaluate technologies for supporting senior health consumers. Based on this we propose a framework for a novel telehealth system overcoming many of the shortcomings of existing technologies. The new system is web-based, has a Facebook-like plug-in architecture for adding new health applications, and incorporates social networking functionalities. We discuss the challenges in implementing the system, and summarize a user study evaluating the system. Our results demonstrate that health consumers have a positive view of this new telehealth technology, and that it can positively change the attitude of users towards their health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI), 2013
PublisherIEEE
Pages451-458
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781467356350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event6th International Conference on Human Systems Interactions (HSI), 2013 - Sopot, Poland
Duration: 6 Jun 20138 Jun 2013

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Human Systems Interactions (HSI), 2013
CountryPoland
CitySopot
Period6/06/138/06/13

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