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UI, Samsung developing telehealth system for patients in long-term care
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care researchers are collaborating
with Samsung SDS, Korea, to develop a "telehealth system" that may
eventually benefit elder adults who reside in long-term care facilities.
Gerald Jogerst, M.D., associate professor in the UI department of family
medicine, is leading the project. He explained that the system will incorporate
advanced wireless communications technology that will enhance medical interactions
for physicians and their patients.
"Our goal is to develop a system that physicians can use to care for
patients from a distance," Jogerst said. "We want to free the physician
to interact with patients without having to physically go see them in person
at the care facility, or being tied down to their office."
Another goal is to decrease the burden on the patient and families by reducing
the need to transport patients from the nursing home to the hospital or physician's
office for medical evaluation. Also, the system may enable families to see
and talk with their family members residing in the nursing home by way of
the Internet or a camera.
The system would enable the physician in a remote location to establish
visual and voice contact with the staff and patient in the care facility.
After concluding their discussion, the physician could prescribe medication,
have access to the patient's chart via the Internet and update the patient's
medical record through wireless networking, Web technology and video-conferencing.
"There would still obviously be occasions when a physician would want
to see a patient in person," Jogerst said. "However, this system
could provide a cost-effective, efficient means to respond to many of the
concerns of a care facility's staff and their patients, and it may significantly
enhance the health care that patients receive because of the features that
make it possible to contact physicians quickly and receive a swift response."
Samsung SDS has provided financial support for the UI personnel and engineers
from Korea to develop the telehealth system. The development effort is scheduled
for completion in about a year.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.