As regular Telecare Aware readers will know, Wireless Healthcare is a favourite source of articles, so it is a pity that in this commercial report they have produced they chose to perpetuate the use of the pejorative term ‘elderly’ instead of the less value-laden ‘older people’. Wireless Healthcare’s story on the report [Page URL “http://www.wirelesshealthcare.co.uk/wh/news/wk05-08-0003.htm” reported to be compromised by malware 16 March 2015].
Related to the above, BBC TV ran a telecare item. Here is the link to a page which gives you a choice of players for the video. I was only able to get sound by using the RealPlayer option.
As part of the terminology campaign, I am posting links to real-world stories that illustrate ways in which terms related to this field are being used. My intention in highlighting these items is not to imply that the people who use the terminology in that way are somehow wrong: they are entitled to use it in any way they see fit. My intention is to say to the worldwide telecare/telehealth community “Look – people are using the words in these ways. Is it helpful, or not? Is there a need to have some internationally agreed definitions to refer to?”
Often, it seems to me, the problem arises not with the use of ‘tele’, which means ‘at a distance’ or ‘remote’, which is a common denominator in all these things, or even with the prefix ‘e’ to denote ‘electronic’ or ‘internet’, but with the other part of the usage – what is ‘health’, ‘care’ or ‘medicine’ in these contexts?
Here are five items to start off with. When you have finished browsing them, follow the link in the navigation bar to the main Terminology page.
No Clear Consensus on Telemedicine Market Size
“…telehealth (also called eHealth) marketplace — which includes telemedicine…”
AMD Telemedicine press release
Assembly of First Nations and Canada Health Infoway Funding Decision Transforms First Nations Access to Health Care
“Currently about 100 First Nations across Canada use telehealth technologies for clinical consultation, continuing professional education, health promotion, health care management and administration.”
German industry group publishes telemedicine standards
“Leading German electronic association the VDE has published a new set of standards for telemedicine to spur the development of telecare and telemonitoring.”
Birmingham PCT to extend telecare to 27,000
“Birmingham East and North PCT together with NHS Direct and Pfizer Health Solutions launched Birmingham OwnHealth, a nurse-led telephone care management programme, in April 2006.”
One call a day…
“…telephone checking and visiting services in Orange were desperate for volunteers…relies on a Telecare call every day to check on her welfare.”
As promised in the ‘themes for 2008’, I’m turning the spotlight this year on the issues surrounding the use of telecare, telehealth, telemedicine, etc. and the taxonomy of services and devices in this field. Make use of the new starting page (added to the navigation bar above) and of the new ‘Terminology’ category which will make it easier to search for all related posts.
Take a few minutes to read the introductory page, and then follow the link to an article that gets us off to a great start.
One of the occasional non-telecare stories that strike me as being of interest to Telecare Aware readers. It contains some extreme examples to illustrate the changing attitude towards older people.
First time this Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is being used in this context the UK, I think. See the press release for an overview, the WELbeing (Wealden and Eastbourne Lifeline) website for an EXCELLENT video (link now also in the Video Library) and the Over-C website for more on the technical stuff.
Also, search Telecare Aware for ‘Hippocad’ for notes in April of this technology in use in France.
An interesting product positioned half-way conceptually between Alertacall’s Safety Confirmation Service and a full-blown call center service. A product for fairly independent people and, as noted in Telecare Aware last March, being sold through the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain in the US as well as directly by LogicMark. Visit this website link to view a Guardian Alert 911 video. (Also in the Video Library)
New sleep research blows away the idea that the quality of sleep declines with age. It relates to physical health and well being and more older people have problems with those. This strengthens the argument made by the Vivatec company (see useful sites page), whose Wristcare product monitors activity levels throughout the day and night, that disturbances recorded in someone’s sleep pattern is indicative of a problem which may be developing. Research reported in the New York Times.
Ahome4it has launched a website featuring a new digitally controlled secure system for providing door entry keys to authorised visitors. It comprises three components:
• a tough, intelligent digital key box
• a database of registered users, systems & expected delivery events
• a remote code generation engine
The digital key box needs no wiring to communication networks and is battery powered so installation is kept simple. Authorised carers are given a code when they need to gain access and they input it using a numerical access control keypad.
Ahome4it’s Key4care website.