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Title: EMR-based TeleGeriatric system.
Authors: Pallawala, P.M.
Lun, K.C. 
Issue Date: 2001
Source: Pallawala, P.M.,Lun, K.C. (2001). EMR-based TeleGeriatric system.. Medinfo 10 (Pt 1) : 849-853. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: As medical services improve due to new technologies and breakthroughs, it has lead to an increasingly aging population. There has been much discussion and debate on how to solve various aspects such as psychological, socio-economic and medical problems related to aging. Our effort is to implement a feasible telegeriatric medical service with the use of the state of the art technology to deliver medical services efficiently to remote sites where elderly homes are based. The TeleGeriatric system will lead to rapid decision-making in the presence of acute or subacute emergencies. This triage will also lead to a reduction of unnecessary admission. It will enable the doctors who visit these elderly homes once a week basis to improve their geriatric management skills by communication with geriatric specialist. Nursing skills in the geriatric care will also benefit from this system. Integrated electronic medical record (EMR) system will be indispensable in the face of emergency admissions to hospitals. Evolution of EMR database would lead to future research in telegeriatrics and will help to identify the areas where telegeriatrics can be optimally used. METHODOLOGY: This system is based on current web browsing technology and broadband communication. The TeleGeriatric web based server is developed using Java Technology. The TeleGeriatric database server was developed using Microsoft SQL server. Both are based at the Medical Informatics Programme, National University of Singapore. Two elderly homes situated in the periphery of Singapore and a leading government hospital in geriatric care have been chosen for the project. These 3 institutions and National University of Singapore are connected via ADSL protocol. ADSL connection supports high bandwidth, which is necessary for high quality videoconferencing. Each time a patient needs a teleconsultation a nurse or a doctor in the remote site sends the patient's record to the TeleGeriatric server. The TeleGeriatric server forwards the request to the Alexandra Hospital for consultation. Geriatrics specialists at the Alexandra Hospital carry out teleward rounds twice weekly and on demand basis. SUMMARY OF RESULTS: Following the implementation of the system, a trial run has been done. Total results have demonstrated a high degree of coordination and cooperation between remote site and the Alexandra Hospital. Also the patient compliance is very high and they prefer teleconsultation. CONCLUSION: Initial results show that the TeleGeriatric system has definite advantages in managing geriatric patients at a remote site. As the system evolves, further research will show the areas where telegeriatrics can be used optimally.
Source Title: Medinfo
ISSN: 15696332
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