Using Personal Handheld Computing Devices for Personalizing Healthcare. A Contribution from the IMIA Working Group on Telehealth

S Gogia, Anthony Maeder, S Meher, Maurice Mars, G Hartvigsen, A Kuthiala

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    Abstract

    OBJECTIVES: Telehealth has an increasing role in future healthcare. This paper seeks to define and understand recent advances in provision of tele-healthcare through use of personal handheld computing devices, and suggests how such personalized solutions offer further opportunities for progress.

    METHODS: We considered the current status of personal handheld computing devices for personalizing healthcare, through review of examples in the literature and web sources.

    RESULTS: We have identified the following four generic roles for personal handheld computing devices in personalized healthcare: educational, social networking and games, monitoring with notifications/ reminders, and online/offline tele-consultations. We discuss examples of these in two settings: healthcare facilities and patient home.

    CONCLUSION: Advances in latest handheld computing devices have made tele-healthcare more personalized and increasingly possible even in the absence of the care provider.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-78
    Number of pages5
    JournalYearbook of Medical Informatics
    Volume7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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