Designing and Evaluating Online Telehealth Systems for Seniors

Jaspaljeet Singh Ranjit Singh, B. C. Wünsche, C. Lutteroth

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The increasing cost of senior 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. We propose a novel framework for telehealth systems aimed at overcoming these shortcomings through principles such as extensibility, accessibility, social support and motivational feedback. The framework was employed to develop a patient-centric telehealth system, Healthcare4Life, which was evaluated in a user study to draw conclusions about the feasibility and acceptance of such a system by seniors. The results indicate that seniors are capable and motivated to use a web-based telehealth system if it provides suitable health applications. Furthermore, the results suggest that such a system has the potential to affect seniors' attitude towards their own health positively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume300
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014

Fingerprint

Online systems
Health
Costs
Feedback

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

@article{75ce084018b84f2faa1afee478294f02,
title = "Designing and Evaluating Online Telehealth Systems for Seniors",
abstract = "The increasing cost of senior 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. We propose a novel framework for telehealth systems aimed at overcoming these shortcomings through principles such as extensibility, accessibility, social support and motivational feedback. The framework was employed to develop a patient-centric telehealth system, Healthcare4Life, which was evaluated in a user study to draw conclusions about the feasibility and acceptance of such a system by seniors. The results indicate that seniors are capable and motivated to use a web-based telehealth system if it provides suitable health applications. Furthermore, the results suggest that such a system has the potential to affect seniors' attitude towards their own health positively.",
author = "{Ranjit Singh}, {Jaspaljeet Singh} and W{\"u}nsche, {B. C.} and C. Lutteroth",
year = "2014",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/978-3-319-08491-6_14",
language = "English",
volume = "300",
pages = "167--178",
journal = "Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing",
issn = "2194-5357",
publisher = "Springer Verlag",

}

Designing and Evaluating Online Telehealth Systems for Seniors. / Ranjit Singh, Jaspaljeet Singh; Wünsche, B. C.; Lutteroth, C.

In: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Vol. 300, 01.01.2014, p. 167-178.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Designing and Evaluating Online Telehealth Systems for Seniors

AU - Ranjit Singh, Jaspaljeet Singh

AU - Wünsche, B. C.

AU - Lutteroth, C.

PY - 2014/1/1

Y1 - 2014/1/1

N2 - The increasing cost of senior 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. We propose a novel framework for telehealth systems aimed at overcoming these shortcomings through principles such as extensibility, accessibility, social support and motivational feedback. The framework was employed to develop a patient-centric telehealth system, Healthcare4Life, which was evaluated in a user study to draw conclusions about the feasibility and acceptance of such a system by seniors. The results indicate that seniors are capable and motivated to use a web-based telehealth system if it provides suitable health applications. Furthermore, the results suggest that such a system has the potential to affect seniors' attitude towards their own health positively.

AB - The increasing cost of senior 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. We propose a novel framework for telehealth systems aimed at overcoming these shortcomings through principles such as extensibility, accessibility, social support and motivational feedback. The framework was employed to develop a patient-centric telehealth system, Healthcare4Life, which was evaluated in a user study to draw conclusions about the feasibility and acceptance of such a system by seniors. The results indicate that seniors are capable and motivated to use a web-based telehealth system if it provides suitable health applications. Furthermore, the results suggest that such a system has the potential to affect seniors' attitude towards their own health positively.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84904616262&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84904616262&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-08491-6_14

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-08491-6_14

M3 - Article

VL - 300

SP - 167

EP - 178

JO - Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

JF - Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

SN - 2194-5357

ER -