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Title: EMR based telegeriatric system
Authors: Pallawala, P.M.D.
Lun, K.C. 
Keywords: Aged
Asynchronous digital subscription line
Computerized medical records
Legal status
Medical informatics
Remote consultation
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Pallawala, P.M.D., Lun, K.C. (2001). EMR based telegeriatric system. International Journal of Medical Informatics 61 (2-3) : 229-234. 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, socioeconomic 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. 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 on a once-a-week basis to improve their geriatric management skills by communication with geriatric specialist. Nursing skills in geriatric care will also benefit from this system. Integrated EMR service 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. EMR web based server is developed using Java Technology. EMR database 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 has been chosen for the project. These three institutions and National University of Singapore are connected via ADSL protocol, which support high bandwidth, which is necessary for high quality videoconferencing. Each time a patient needs a teleconsultation, a nurse or doctor in the remote site sends the history to the EMR server. EMR server forwards the request to the Alexandra Hospital for consultation. Geriatrics specialists at 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. This shows 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 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. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
Source Title: International Journal of Medical Informatics
ISSN: 13865056
DOI: 10.1016/S1386-5056(01)00144-7
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