The use of information technology in home healthcare: requirements and application development
2003 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
The population's wish to receive care in the own home instead of at a hospital fits well with the Health Services' development in the direction of increasing home healthcare even when severe illness is involved. However, when care is moved from the hospital to the home the demands for high quality care still remain. Information and telecommunication technologies used in applications which are tailored to support caregivers and patients in home healthcare, can be part of the facilitation of this development towards an increasing home healthcare service. Remote monitoring of the patient in the home can support assuring this quality of care but such monitoring involves considering several requirement areas.
This thesis describes problem areas in both basic and advanced home healthcare where information technology can be a part of the solution. Further, the thesis describes requirement areas to be considered when monitoring patients in the home, both in regard to subjective and objective variables. The requirement areas, which are described in the thesis, include security, mobility, and responsibility. Network solutions for home healthcare are discussed and two information technology applications in home healthcare are described. The first application concerns diabetes care and the second application concerns the use of digital pen technology for symptom assessments in advanced palliative home healthcare.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2003. , 41 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1066
, LiU-TEK-LIC, 65
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23608Local ID: 3098ISBN: 91-7373-879-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-23608DiVA: diva2:243923
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