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New Potentials of Telecomunication Technologies in the Healthcare Services Framework

Rudel, Drago ; Fisk, Malcolm

Published in: Programmes for Training on Research in Public Health for South Eastern Europe. Vol. 5: Management in Health Care Practice: A Handbook for Teachers, Researchers and Health Professionals, ed. Luka Kovačić, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj
ISBN: 978-3-89918-175-3
Editor: Luka Kovačić, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj

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Abstract:
Telecare is a new means of providing healthcare and social support at home where telecommunication technologies are the medium for service provision. It uses a public telephone network and provides a means of getting help, notably for people who are at risk of falling, sudden illness, fits or seizures. Sensors added to a carephone are introduced monitor the user’s environment and health condition and alert a response centre when there is a threat to their health or well-being. Personal response systems operate in all western European countries and also, more recently, in Slovenia. Experiences gathered when establishing a pilot network of carephones and a response centre in the capital city of Ljubljana are presented along with a discussion of the efforts made to create a national network. A personal response system as a telecare application used primarily by vulnerable older people with response centres having the capacity to serve 30.000 potential users. Obstacles to their development are discussed.


Keywords: Telecare, elderly, domiciliary help, personal response system, carephone
Institution: Faculty of Health Sciences
DDC classification: Medicine and health

Suggested Citation:
Rudel, Drago ; Fisk, Malcolm  (2008)  New Potentials of Telecomunication Technologies in the Healthcare Services Framework. Programmes for Training on Research in Public Health for South Eastern Europe. Vol. 5: Management in Health Care Practice: A Handbook for Teachers, Researchers and Health Professionals, ed. Luka Kovačić, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj 978-3-89918-175-3


URL: http://biecoll.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/volltexte/2009/2125



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