Remote Care: Health at Home

  • James Barlow
  • Steffen Bayer
  • Tiago Cravo Oliveira
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Abstract

Faced by rising demand for health and social care at the same time as growing constraints on available resources, governments and healthcare providers in many countries are turning towards information and communications technology (ICT) to help support and enhance existing care services. Various technologies associated with the remote monitoring and support of people in need of care – sensors, information processing, user interfaces – are developing rapidly and costs are falling. Care service providers, and technology and infrastructure suppliers, are increasingly seeing new market opportunities for home-based care and support and monitoring services. In the UK the basic community alarm service for elderly people is evolving into a home and personal monitoring system. The realization that this can contribute towards the modernization of care services has moved the concept of ‘remote care’ – often known as ‘telecare’, ‘telehealth’ or ‘telemedicine’ – up the policy agenda.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Barlow
    • 1
  • Steffen Bayer
    • 1
  • Tiago Cravo Oliveira
    • 1
  1. 1.Imperial CollegeLondonUK

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