Future systems for remote health care

S. J. Brownsell, G. Williams, David A. Bradley, R. Bragg, P. Catlin, J. Carlier

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Abstract

As the number of elderly people in society increases, the use of technology to support the care system is being examined. However, there is no agreed model of a technology-based health-care system that fully integrates the technical and social aspects to meet the needs of both clients and care providers. This paper examines a possible model from the perspective of both the client and the service provider, and estimates the costs, and hence the potential savings, associated with the introduction of a health-care system based on this model. Cost data are presented in the context of an installation as might be anticipated within a city such as Birmingham, UK. Installation costs of an advanced telecare system would be higher than the set-up costs of conventional systems. Expected savings in control centre costs and emergency services costs would be small. However, a reduction in the average annual length of hospital stay by one day and a reduction in the proportion of elderly people being treated in hospital from 32.4% to 32.0%, directly as a result of the use of advanced telecare, would produce significant savings. A financing scheme with a 5-year or 10-year repayment period would then be financially viable for a 10,000-home advanced telecare system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-152
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume5
Issue number3
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StatePublished - 6 Jul 1999

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Brownsell, S. J., Williams, G., Bradley, D. A., Bragg, R., Catlin, P., & Carlier, J. (1999). Future systems for remote health care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 5(3), 141-152. DOI: 10.1258/1357633991933503

Brownsell, S. J.; Williams, G.; Bradley, David A.; Bragg, R.; Catlin, P.; Carlier, J. / Future systems for remote health care.

In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 5, No. 3, 06.07.1999, p. 141-152.

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Brownsell, SJ, Williams, G, Bradley, DA, Bragg, R, Catlin, P & Carlier, J 1999, 'Future systems for remote health care' Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 141-152. DOI: 10.1258/1357633991933503

Future systems for remote health care. / Brownsell, S. J.; Williams, G.; Bradley, David A.; Bragg, R.; Catlin, P.; Carlier, J.

In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 5, No. 3, 06.07.1999, p. 141-152.

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Brownsell SJ, Williams G, Bradley DA, Bragg R, Catlin P, Carlier J. Future systems for remote health care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 1999 Jul 6;5(3):141-152. Available from, DOI: 10.1258/1357633991933503