Overview of technology for healthcare in the home
24 May 2006
A new publication titled Home Telehealth: Connecting Care within the
Community was released at the American Telemedicine Association's 11th
Annual International Meeting in San Diego. The book is edited by Dr. Joseph
Kvedar, founder of Partners Telemedicine and past president of the American
Telemedicine Association, and published by RSM Press, Royal Society of
Medicine, London, England.
Home Telehealth provides a comprehensive review
of the medical treatments that can now take place in the home thanks to
advances in telemedicine technology, including disease management and
wellness programs, home monitoring capabilities and the use of consumer
electronics to connect patients and clinicians. This book also provides a
practical guide to setting up a home care facility and remote interactions
between patients and healthcare providers.
"Telehealth is already having a
profound impact on our healthcare system worldwide, and helping to improve
quality patient care, through the novel application of available
technologies," said Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., joint editor of Home Telehealth,
founder and director, Partners Telemedicine, and Vice Chair, Dermatology,
Harvard Medical School. "In the near future, telehealth will be an
integrated standard of care, improving treatment outcomes and patients'
quality of life, while providing cost-effective solutions and efficiencies
in the delivery of personalized, expert healthcare."
The book, the newest
addition to the RSM Press telemedicine series, covers the latest
developments in telemedicine in the home, including contributions from
leading clinicians from around the world. Content includes information on
"smart homes", wound management programs, telediabetes, home dialysis,
telecardiology, remote asthma monitoring and future trends in e-health and
home based patient management, as well as cost-effectiveness and outcomes
"Home Telehealth is an important first publication to illustrate
the value, novel applications and future trends in telehealth programs,"
Home Telehealth was edited by Richard Wootton, Centre for
Online Health, Queensland, Australia; and Susan L. Dimmick, adjunct
associate professor, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis
and Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., founder and director, Partners Telemedicine,
Harvard Medical School, Boston.
You can view extracts from the book on the
Connected Health Initiative website:
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