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Barriers To The Adoption of Telehealth and CAALYX


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This poster summarises our research regarding the potential barriers to the adoption of telehealth and their relevance to the CAALYX project ( …

This poster summarises our research regarding the potential barriers to the adoption of telehealth and their relevance to the CAALYX project (

It was presented at the RAaTE 2008 event (

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  • 1. •Increasing Elderly Population•High Dependency Ratio At Both Ends Of The Age Spectrum•Retirement Migration Patterns•Increased Likelihood Of: a)Multiple Health Conditions b)Chronic Physical Diseases c)Mental And Cognitive Disorders•Constant Attention And Care.•Need For Personalised Healthcare Transitional Stage Learning Curve Classic Delivery Of Healthcare "Distributed" Delivery Of Healthcare Complex Domain, Well Established, Converged, New, Proactive Health Management, Distributed Cost / Interpersonal, National / Regional Workload, Potentially Cost Effective, Personalised, Complementary, Exposed, InternationalTransition Issues Technological Issues Lack Of Evidence Financial Issues Legal Issues Redefinition Of Roles Complexity Ongoing Development Of Relevant Metrics Distribution Of Cost Audit Trailing Training (Staff, Patients) Reliability / Robustness Usability (Interfaces) Cost Of Change / Benefit Liability (Patient Actions) New Processes Interoperability Obtrusiveness (Systems) Cost Of "Staying Connected" Privacy Uncertainty Rural / Remote Areas Acceptance (Systems / Sensors) Policies Lagging Constant Adaptation Infrastructure Innovation Gap Slow Transition To E.H.R.Transition Issues Legal Issues Off The Shelf Equipment Secure Transmission Channels Already Established Devices And Interfaces Endpoint Authentication Minimal Training Technological Issues Extensive Use Of Open Standards Interoperable (HL7 Provisions) Financial Issues Modular Subscription Based Service Equipment Inclusive Equipment Reuse Lack Of Evidence Use Of Freely Available Technologies Ongoing Trials Realistic Environments•Transitional and technological issues will be the easiest to solve in the long term•Legal and Financial Issues will remain as the most persistent. The legal system and relevant policies evolve slower than technology and the possibilities it opens•Connectivity costs will continue to drop but will still contribute strongly to the overall cost of associated services.•Policies and Standardisation at national level are the strongest enablers of Telehealth•Eventually, in a 25-30 year interval, a "new" generation of elderly will emerge that will be computer and technology literate enough to cope with the challenges that the transitionto a telehealth enabled healthcare ecosystem poses.•In the short term, a comprehensive and integrated consumer-centric approach that promises to translate inventions into high-penetration innovations in peoples lives has beenproposed by Coughlin and Pope (2008) to bridge todays apparent innovation gap indicated by the slow diffusion of existing telehealth technologies.