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A Medicosocial Videoconferencing Tool for the Elderly, Impaired and Long-Term Care Patients

  • Víctor Torres-Padrosa
  • Eusebi Calle
  • Jose L. Marzo
  • Mercè Rovira
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 221)

Abstract

In this paper we present TAM-TAM (Tele Assistance and Monitoring), a tool targeted to the elderly, impaired and long-term care patients. It provides social support, remote consultation, remote monitoring and training or rehabilitation group sessions through multi-user videoconferencing. TAM-TAM relies on a simple and minimalist interface based on accessible standard web technologies and open video streaming solutions compatible with traditional (desktop and laptop) PCs as well as last generation tablet PCs. TAM-TAM proves useful to be deployed at nursing homes, group homes and even private homes for alleviating the patients’ loneliness and depressive status and improving their emotional and social support thanks to their interaction with their families, social carers or psychologists. On the other hand, it is also used for providing remote medical services to give advice and determine whether it is needed to take a further displacement.

Keywords

videoconferencing teleconsultation social care nursing home group home elderly 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Víctor Torres-Padrosa
    • 1
  • Eusebi Calle
    • 1
  • Jose L. Marzo
    • 1
  • Mercè Rovira
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer Technology and ArchitectureUniversitat de GironaGironaSpain

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