Technological advancements have created new options for care delivery. Today’s innovations enable the integration of monitoring and therapeutic systems, provide educational opportunities for providers, care recipients and their families, and facilitate effective and timely communication and data flow between members of the health care team. These mobile, user-friendly solutions will fundamentally change our approach to health care and enable people to be more independent in their homes, remain in their homes longer, and be more engaged in the self-management of their conditions.

The importance of investing in community and home-based care to meet the needs of our aging population and of those with chronic diseases is well recognized.  A critical part of this investment is creating a strong information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.  Technology must support the evolution of community and home-based care to enable efficiencies in information exchange across  an integrated health system, to reduce errors, duplication and administrative costs; to provide more accessible diagnostic results more quickly; to improve the quality and coordination of care and to improve the capacity to support individuals to remain independent at home wherever that may be.

Technology Enabled Home Care: Supporting Independence And Improving Health Outcomes In The Home Setting

A profile of innovative technology enabled home care solutions ranging from tele-homecare and mobile health; telemedicine, senior technologies and social networking / communication technologies. Download Report

Integration Through Information Communication Technology for Home Care in Canada

This report is a summation of the observations and findings arising from the project undertaken by the CHCA in partnership with Canada Health Infoway in order to better understand the potential of and readiness for ICT in the home care sector across Canada. Download Report

Quick Facts

Telemonitoring saves an annual system cost of about
$1,557 per patient
Paré, G. et al, (2011). Home telemonitoring for chronic disease management: An economic assessment.

Tele-home care reduces personal travel costs by
$70 million a year
Gartner Inc. & Praxia Information Intelligence (2011). Telehealth Benefits and Adoption: Connecting People and Providers Across Canada

76% of seniors
reported already using social media networks to communicate with friends and family
Revera (2012). Revera Report on Tech-Savy Seniors.

Wearable health technologies are worth
$52 billion globally
reported already using social media networks to communicate with friends and family
Gartner data, 2020

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Summary of three key challenges needed to over come in order to achieve health care transformation enabled by technology. Download

Presentation on the home care priorities and how technology can address challenges. Download the Presentation

This High Impact Practice describes how a national home care provider implemented a mobile technology solution and customized application to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness, relieve frontline staff of their administrative burden, and improve client service. Download High Impact practice

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