Healthc Inform Res.  2015 Oct;21(4):223-229. 10.4258/hir.2015.21.4.223.

Geriatric Telemedicine: Background and Evidence for Telemedicine as a Way to Address the Challenges of Geriatrics

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  • 1Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA. rcmerrel@vcu.edu

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The global population of elderly people is increasing at a remarkable rate, which may be expected to continue for some time. Older patients require more care, and with the current model of care delivery, the costs may be expected to rise, although higher cost is unsustainable. For this reason, a new pattern of practice is needed. Telemedicine will be presented as a highly effective and necessary tool in geriatrics.
METHODS
This review will present some of the background and evidence for telemedicine as a way to address the challenges of geriatrics through geriatric telemedicine. Some of the evidence for the value of telemedicine as a tool for physicians and healthcare systems is presented.
RESULTS
Telemedicine offers many means to address the problems of geriatric care in creative ways. The use of electronic medicine, telecommunications, and information management has now found its way into the very fabric of health care. The use of telemedicine is a fait accompli in much of the world, and it continues to have an increasing role deeply imbedded in our electronic practices coupled with social media.
CONCLUSIONS
The evidence for successful incorporation of telemedicine into practice is abundant and continues to accrue. This is a great opportunity for medical practice to evolve to new levels of engagement with patients and new levels of attainment in terms of quality care.

Keyword

Telemedicine; Geriatrics; Informatics

MeSH Terms

Aged
Delivery of Health Care
Geriatrics*
Humans
Informatics
Information Management
Social Media
Telecommunications
Telemedicine*
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