Evaluating the social and economic value of the use of telehealth technology to improve self-management by older people living in the community

Oliver K. Burmeister, David Ritchie, Alison Devitt, Eevon Chia, Gregory Dresser

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Abstract

The aim of the project was to evaluate the use of Telehealth equipment in the homes of older community-dwelling people, and to review its social and economic impact. A mixed methods approach was adopted, involving interviews, observation and Depression Anxiety Stress Scales. Overall, the greatest benefit was apparent in those participants with a low familiarity with technology and low digital literacy, where changes in behaviours to prevent an exacerbation of their condition was possible. The user-interface design reduced concern about using the technology. Changes achieved were through better compliance with medication and associated understanding of the impact on their vital signs and hence daily activities. This represented an improved health literacy and the economic benefits appear to be linked to that. Less benefit was observed by those who had been self-monitoring previously. A greater focus on specific conditions and improved self-management could strengthen the evidence for targeted economic benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS2016)
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherAustralasian Association for Information Systems
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic) 9781741282672
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: ACIS 2016 - University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 05 Dec 201607 Dec 2016
https://business.uow.edu.au/acis-2016/index.html

Conference

ConferenceThe 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleOccupying the Sweet Spot: IS at the Intersection
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityWollongong
Period05/12/1607/12/16
OtherInformation systems (IS) have become an unrecognised commodity – everybody uses them, yet as IS researchers and practitioners we seem to need to explain time and again what we do, what value we provide, and keep justifying our existence.
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