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Using information technology to improve the management of chronic disease

The Medical Journal of Australia

Author: Celler, B. G. , Lovell, N. H. , Basilakis J.
Year: 2003
Type: Journal Article


Information and communications technology (ICT) is increasingly being used in management of chronic illness to facilitate shared services (virtual health networks and electronic health records), knowledge management (care rules and protocols, scheduling, information directories), as well as consumer-based health education and evidence-based clinical protocols. Common applications of ICT include home monitoring of vital signs for patients with chronic disease, as well as replacing home visits by nurses in person with telemedicine videophone consultations. A patient-managed Home Telecare System with integrated clinical signs monitoring, automated scheduling and medication reminders, as well as access to health education and daily logs, is presented as an example of ICT use for chronic disease self-management. A clinical case study demonstrates how early identification of adverse trends in clinical signs recorded in the home can either avoid hospital readmission or reduce the length of hospital stay.

Further Details

Volume 179
Issue 5
Section 242
Accession Number August, 2010
Notes The original printed copy was retained be the HMInfo library because it contains more information than the published version featured in The Medical Journal of Australia
Work Type Journal Article
Research Notes Electronic copy added 30/08/2013
Keywords HealthhousingtechnologyChronic disease

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