Telehealthcare refers to the model of enabling people to be safer and independent in their own homes by providing person-centred technologies to support the individual or their carers.
Common terminologies include telehealth (or telemedicine) and telecare.
Telehealth involves remote monitoring and measurement of a persons vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure and weight, as well providing remote specialist services by electronic means. When implemented as part of a wholistic health care model, this has been shown to significantly reduce hospitalizations, costs of health care, and most importantly, improving a persons quality of life.
Telehealth also benefits people where traditional delivery of health services are impacted by distance and lack of local specialist clinicians to deliver services.
Telecare is the term for offering remote care, monitoring and support for a person who requires these systems to enable them to remain living in their own homes. The use of sensors may be part of a package which can provide support for people with illnesses such as dementia, or people at risk of falling.
If you would like to learn more about what assistive technologies are available, you will find them in the safety and health management section of the product database.