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Virtual communities in health care: roles, requirements and restrictions

Authors: Yvonne Arnold, Miriam Daum and Helmut Kremar

Published by: Technical University of Munich

Year of publication: 2004


Community platforms on the Internet have the great potential to serve ubiquitous information and interaction needs. This applies especially in the health care domain, where the need for information and interaction is ubiquitous as well as often spontaneous and of a long term nature. The potential users are from all levels of society and therefore have different experience with the usage of the medium Internet. But there are no recommended actions how to develop and maintain a community for patients in the health care domain. Instead there are several challenges that need to be met throughout the development and maintenance of a platform in such a domain. So as to achieve the greatest congruency between the patients’ needs and the services of the platform both the potential users needed to get involved into the development process and a sound evaluation of the conceptualised product is necessary. Furthermore the offered information must be quality assured. Taking this into account, we conceptualised and implemented a community platform www.krebsgemeinschaft.de for breast cancer and leukaemia patients, their relatives and anyone interested in information about cancer. The article gives an overview of the used methods and focuses on the specialties in the health care domain.

Category: Communication International Perspectives Quality & Standards

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Assisted Living technology in social care: workforce development implications

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to look at the implications of the increasing use of Assisted Living

Technology in the social care sector and to assess the implications for the workforce in terms of job roles, skills, knowledge, training, and support.

Design/methodology/approach – A mixed methods approach was used, through a quantitative electronic survey of staff working in social care (as well as some health care) organisations in England, and three qualitative case studies of local authorities.

Findings – The research shows that the organisations involved in delivering Assisted Living Technology, the types of Assisted Living Technology being introduced, and the way in which it is being delivered, have implications for job roles and the skills and knowledge needed by staff. The associated training and workforce development similarly varies across the social care sector; it is ad hoc, disparate, and provided primarily by individual employers or by suppliers and manufacturers.

Research limitations/implications – There is a need for a standardised Assisted Living Technology workforce development approach which can be used across the social care sector.

Practical implications – The varied nature of Assisted Living Technology providers and delivery models presents a challenge to the development and implementation of a standardised programme of workforce development.

Originality/value – This paper presents the results of new empirical research arising from a quantitative and qualitative study of the workforce development implications of Assisted Living Technology in the English social care sector.

Category: Communication International Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Smart Technology for Healthy Longevity

The key finding of this report by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering is that a national thrust on the  development and application of smart technology for healthy longevity is vital to ensure a healthy, safe, secure and fulfilling future for the increasing aged population in Australia and the maintenance of a healthy, harmonious and prosperous society.

Category: Local Perspectives Smart AT General Vision

Added by Tony Shaw · 3 years ago

Smart Technology for Healthy Longevity

The key finding of this report by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering is that a national thrust on the  development and application of smart technology for healthy longevity is vital to ensure a healthy, safe, secure and fulfilling future for the increasing aged population in Australia and the maintenance of a healthy, harmonious and prosperous society.

Category: Local Perspectives Smart AT General Vision

Added by Tony Shaw · 3 years ago

School-based Telerehabilitation In Occupational Therapy: Using Telerehabilitation Technologies to Promote Improvements in Student Performance

This article discusses the use of telerehabilitation technologies in occupational therapy for schoolbased practice. Telerehabilitation, for the purpose of this program, included the implementation of occupational therapy services via twoway interactive videoconferencing technology. The subjects included in this pilot program were children, ages 6 to 11 years, who attended an online charter school and had difficulties in the areas of fine motor and/or visual motor skills which impacted success with handwriting. Each participant completed a virtual evaluation and six 30 minute intervention sessions. The Print Tool™ Assessment was used to determine progress pre and post program. A learning coach/student satisfaction survey was given at the end of the program to determine participant satisfaction. Outcomes revealed improvements in handwriting performance for most students who participated in the program and high satisfaction rates reported by all participants.

Category: Connected Health Smart AT General

Added by Tony Shaw · 3 years ago

Older Adults’ Reasons for Using Technology while Ageing in Place

Most older adults prefer to age in place, and supporting older adults to remain in their own homes and communities is also favored by policy makers. Technology can play a role in staying independent, active and healthy. However, the use of technology varies considerably among older adults. This paper aims to provide insight into the reasons older adults use technology in the home.

Category: Smart AT General

Added by Tony Shaw · 3 years ago

Connecting Health Services with the future: Modernising medicare by providing rebates for online consultations – A discussion paper from the Australian Government

 

Category: ATSI Service Delivery Communication Local Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Regional Service Delivery Rural & Remote Service Delivery Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Response to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Discussion Paper - Towards Solutions for Assistive Technology.

An open response from Dr. Alan Finkel, President of ATSE, to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s Discussion Paper - Towards Solutions for Assistive Technology.

Category: Domestic Assistance NDIS Policy & Funding Smart AT General

Added by Tony Shaw · 3 years ago

Disability Care and Support: Medical and assistive technologies to enable Australians to remain in their homes

Published By: Medical Technology Association of Australia Limited

Published In: 2011

This submission was in response to the release in February 2011 of the Productivity Commission draft report Disability Care and Support.






Category: Connected Health Local Perspectives Medication Management NDIS Rural & Remote Service Delivery Smart Homes & Environmental Controls Social Engagement

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

MAGIC-HAND: A bottle and jar opening machine for people with severe disabilities

Authors: U. Lorentzon, G. Bolmsjö, M. Doyle, D. Carus

Published by: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Published on:  April 2007

This paper describes the development of a prototype product named MAGIC-HAND that has been developed to open bottles, jars and packages that require a twisting action. Its intended users are people with severe disabilities, who are not capable of using the current range of package opening tools.




Category: Domestic Assistance Smart AT General

Added by Tony Shaw · 3 years ago