Safety and risk issues in using telecare

G. Williams, K. Doughty, David A. Bradley

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Abstract

The increasing adoption of technology to support independent living at home through the extended use of community alarms and, ultimately, second-generation telecare systems poses some safety problems. The implications of any failure of the technology must be addressed in order to provide a safe and reliable care service. The risks of using home-based technology can be assessed by standard techniques under three categories: environmental factors; human factors; and technological factors. A safety classification system for telecare devices is proposed leading to a range of design guidelines which represent good practice. An example of the use of these design principles is a prototype second-generation telecare system, MIDAS, which is currently undergoing trials. In order to reduce the risks associated with device failure, the system incorporates distributed intelligence, built-in self-testing and redundancy. Potentially hazardous situations can therefore be controlled.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-262
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2000

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Williams, G., Doughty, K., & Bradley, D. A. (2000). Safety and risk issues in using telecare. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 6(5), 249-262. DOI: 10.1258/1357633001935833

Williams, G.; Doughty, K.; Bradley, David A. / Safety and risk issues in using telecare.

In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 6, No. 5, 10.2000, p. 249-262.

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Safety and risk issues in using telecare. / Williams, G.; Doughty, K.; Bradley, David A.

In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 6, No. 5, 10.2000, p. 249-262.

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Williams G, Doughty K, Bradley DA. Safety and risk issues in using telecare. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2000 Oct;6(5):249-262. Available from, DOI: 10.1258/1357633001935833