Home informatics in healthcare: Assessment guidelines to keep up quality of care and avoid adverse effects
2003 (English)In: Technology and Health Care - European Society for Engineering and Medicine, ISSN 0928-7329 (Print) 1878-7401 (Online), Vol. 11, no 3, 195-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Due to an ageing population and improved treatment possibilities, a shortage in hospital beds is a fact in many countries. Home healthcare schemes using information technology (IT) are under development as a response to this and with the intention to produce a more cost-effective care. So far it has been shown that home healthcare is beneficial to certain patient groups. The trend is a widening of the criteria for admission to home healthcare, which means treatment in the home of more severe conditions that otherwise would require in-hospital care. Home informatics has the potential to become a means of providing good care at home. In this process, it is important to consider what new risks will be encountered when placing electronic equipment in the home care environment. Continuous assessment and guidance is important in order to achieve a safe and effective care. Based on a review of current knowledge this paper presents an inventory of risks and adverse events specific to this area. It was found that risks and adverse events could stem from technology in itself, from human-technology interaction conditions or from the environment in which the technology is placed. As a result from the risk inventory, this paper proposes guidelines for the planning and assessment of IT-based hospital-at-home schemes . These assessment guidelines are specifically aimed at performance improvement and thus to be considered a complement to the more general guidelines on telehomecare adopted by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) in October 2002.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 11, no 3, 195-206 p.
assessment, home informatics, hospital-at-home, telehomecare
National CategoryMedical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14142DiVA: diva2:22710