Reading room: Telehealth

Telehealth is the remote exchange of physiological data between a patient at home and medical staff at hospital to assist in diagnosis and monitoring. Amongst other things it comprises home units to measure and monitor temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs for clinical review at a remote location (for example, a hospital site) using phone lines or wireless technology.

Examples of telehealth devices include: blood pressure monitoring; blood glucose monitoring; cardiac arrhythmia monitoring; and medication reminder systems.
Source: Curry RG, Trejo Tinoco M, Wardle D. 'Telecare: using information and communication technology to support independent living by older, disabled and vulnerable people: report to the UK Department of Health, July 2003

This online reading room brings together details of books, reports and journal articles on telehealth which are held by the King's Fund Information and Library Service (many of which are available in full text as links). It also offers links to relevant organisations and other information resources.

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  • Get yourself connected.

    Sarhan, Firas. - By Sarhan, Firas. 2011 In the first of a two-part series on technology in health care, Firas Sarhan explains the government drive to promote telehealth. [Introduction]
  • Development of a program for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients across sectors : co-innovation in a network.

    Dinesen, Birthe . - By Dinesen, Birthe . 2011 INTRODUCTION: The aim of the Telekat project is to prevent re-admissions of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by developing a preventive program of tele-rehabilitation across sectors for COPD patients. The development of the program is based on a co-innovation process between COPD patients, relatives, healthcare professionals and representatives from private firms and universities. This paper discusses the obstacles that arise in the co-innovation process of developing an integrated technique for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients. THEORY: Network and innovation theory. METHODS: The case study was applied. A triangulation of data collection techniques was used: documents, observations (123 hours), qualitative interviews (n=32) and action research. FINDINGS: Obstacles were identified in the network context; these obstacles included the mindset of the healthcare professionals, inter-professionals relations, views of technology as a tool and competing visions for the goals of tele-rehabilitation. CONCLUSION: We have identified obstacles that emerge in the co-innovation process when developing a programme for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients in an inter-organizational context. Action research has been carried out and can have helped to facilitate the co-innovation process. [Abstract]
  • Home comfort.

    Moore, Alison. - By Moore, Alison. 2011 Telehealth will be one NHS weapon as it deals with the increasing number of patients with long term conditions. While many health economies have been slow to adopt the technology, there are signs this is slowly changing, Alison Moore asks whether telehealth will be the next big thing and what the barriers are. [Introduction]