Technological approaches to remote monitoring of elderly people in cardiology: A usability perspective

Susanna Spinsante, Roberto Antonicelli, Ilaria Mazzanti, Ennio Gambi

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Abstract

Moving from the experience gained in home telemonitoring of elderly patients with Congestive Heart Failure, that confirmed a reduction of the rehospitalization rate and an improved monitoring of drugs assumption by the patients, this paper extends the evaluation of technological approaches for remote health monitoring of older adults. Focus of the evaluation is on telemedicine effectiveness and usability, either from a patient's or a medical operator's perspective. The evaluation has been performed by testing three remote health platforms designed according to different technological approaches, in a realistic scenario involving older adults and medical operators (doctors and nurses). The aim of the testing activity was not to benchmark a specific solution with respect to the others, but to evaluate the main positive and negative issues related to the system and service design philosophy each solution was built upon. Though preliminary, the results discussed in the paper can be used as a set of guidelines in the selection of proper technological equipments for services targeted to elderly users, from a usability perspective. These results need to be complemented with more focused discussions of the ethical, medical, and legal aspects of the use of technology in remote healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104561
JournalInternational Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
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Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Cardiology
Health
Telemedicine
Monitoring
Testing
Benchmarking
Drug Monitoring
Jurisprudence
Heart Failure
Nurses
Guidelines
Technology
Delivery of Health Care
Equipment and Supplies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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