II.9 - Technologies and Services for the Handicapped and Elderly
AbstractThe number and proportion of people who need continuing care is increasing as a result of longer life expectancy, the better chance of survival after accidents, and the improved possibilities of dealing with handicap. At the same time, there is the trend to move the provision of care away from institutions, into the home. And those who can be treated at home are more likely than previously to want access to other aspects and activities of everyday life.
Improvements consist of reducing the length of stay in the medical instituion, improving decision-making through technically assisted functional assessment of disability, moving information to the patient instead of requiring the patient to move to the information, reducing the number of visits to primary care and hospital centres, raising the quality of delivered care, enabling the deliverer of care to manage patients more thoroughly and to manage more people. Many groups would benefit from such a strategy, including pregnant women, newborn and pediatric groups, adults-at-risk, the chronically-ill, and those with motor disability and age-related pathologies. Telecommunications have an obvious role to play in this process, in monitoring, measurement, instruction, and occasionally in treatment.
Record Number: 2075 / Last updated on: 2007-07-26