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

Jaspaljeet Singh Dhillon, Burkhard C. Wunsche, 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 publication2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions, HSI 2013
Pages451-458
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2013
Event2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions, HSI 2013 - Gdansk, Sopot, Poland
Duration: 06 Jun 201308 Jun 2013

Publication series

Name2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions, HSI 2013

Other

Other2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions, HSI 2013
CountryPoland
CityGdansk, Sopot
Period06/06/1308/06/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Dhillon, J. S., Wunsche, B. C., & Lutteroth, C. (2013). Accessible telehealth - Leveraging consumer-level technologies and social networking functionalities for senior care. In 2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions, HSI 2013 (pp. 451-458). [6577864] (2013 6th International Conference on Human System Interactions, HSI 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/HSI.2013.6577864