Web-based telemedicine systems for home-care: Technical issues and experiences

R. Bellazzi, S. Montani, A. Riva, M. Stefanelli

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The use of the Web for telemedicine applications seems nowadays a compulsory solution: the Web has become a standardized infrastructure for giving access to sophisticated telemedicine applications from virtually any machine and operating system. Such standardized communication platform guarantees accessibility and usability advantages to both customers and providers (patients and physicians). However, there are several issues that should be discussed in depth, with particular reference to all the applications related to the provision of care at distance, nowadays called telecare applications. In telecare applications the role of the patient becomes central, since he/she is actively involved in the process of managing care and treatments, and since he/she (or his/her families) is responsible for collecting some measurements and related information. In this paper we will discuss the general architectural and technical issues related to the development of Web-based systems for telecare applications, relying on the experience we gained within the telecare project T-IDDM (Telematic Management of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus), devoted to assist the management and home-monitoring of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-187
Number of pages13
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Telecare
  • Telemedicine
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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