Framework for Healthcare4Life - A ubiquitous patient-centric telehealth system

Jaspaljeet Singh Ranjit Singh, Burkhard C. Wünsche, Christof Lutteroth

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Abstract

Health care systems in many developed countries are rapidly approaching a crisis point. The reasons are an aging population, a shrinking number of workers, health care costs increasing faster than the economy, expensive new treatment options, poor public finances, and the reducing pool of health care professionals. The problem is compounded by the fact that elderly are more often affected by chronic diseases which require ongoing, often expensive, treatment. Telehealth and telecare applications are rapidly gaining in popularity because of their promise to use existing health care resources more effectively and hence to lower costs. However, usage is limited by a design often centered around the requirements of the clinical user, healthcare provider, and the equipment vendor. Many existing systems suffer from high initial costs, cannot be extended by third parties, require extra costs to add new functionalities, and are designed to create a continuing revenue source for the vendor. Furthermore the systems are usually designed to manage diseases rather than prevent them, and do not address the social and psychological needs of the patient. In this paper we critically analyse existing consumer health informatics systems and propose a framework for overcoming the identified shortcomings. The proposed system is ubiquitous, extendable by third parties, contains social aspects, and puts the user in control. Evidence from related research suggests that the design will increase motivation and participation, encourage family and social support, and improve the recording of health parameters by reducing user resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHINZ 2010 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference NZ Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI-NZ)
Pages41-48
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2010
Event11th International Conference of the NZ Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, CHINZ 2010 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 08 Jul 201009 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameCHINZ 2010 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference NZ Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI-NZ)

Other

Other11th International Conference of the NZ Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, CHINZ 2010
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period08/07/1009/07/10

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Ranjit Singh, J. S., Wünsche, B. C., & Lutteroth, C. (2010). Framework for Healthcare4Life - A ubiquitous patient-centric telehealth system. In CHINZ 2010 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference NZ Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI-NZ) (pp. 41-48). (CHINZ 2010 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference NZ Chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIGCHI-NZ)). https://doi.org/10.1145/1832838.1832846