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Health and Well-Being in the Home A Global Analysis of Needs, Expectations, and Priorities for Home Health Care Technology

Health and Well-Being in the Home A Global Analysis of Needs, Expectations, and Priorities for Home Health Care Technology

Cover: Health and Well-Being in the Home

From the Rand Corporation summary

n both industrialized and transitioning countries, population aging and better survivability have led to a rapid increase of the prevalence of chronic disease and disability. As a result, there is growing concern about the financial sustainability of health care systems, which is compounded by capacity constraints and workforce shortages. Advanced home health care solutions promise to mitigate these pressures by shifting care from costly institutional settings to patients’ homes and allowing patients to self-manage their conditions. A global study of the needs, priorities, and expectations of key stakeholders regarding home health care in six countries (China, France, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States) revealed that, despite their potential, such technologies face a number of barriers to adoption. Restrictive coverage and existing incentives for in-person home care create obstacles, as does limited patient readiness because of insufficient health literacy. Concerns about audience-appropriate product design and support and limited data on effectiveness and efficiency also impede uptake. Realizing the promise of telecare requires a concerted stakeholder effort, including creation of a conducive policy environment, design of convincing products, and development and dissemination of persuasive evidence.

February 16, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Professional Health Care Resources, Public Health | , ,

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