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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 122-126

Televital signs monitoring compliance trial in Singapore

Lotus Eldercare Pte Ltd, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Jit Seng Tan
Lotus Eldercare Pte Ltd., 16 Collyer Quay, Level 20, Singapore 049318
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_18_18

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Background and Objectives: The Singapore population is aging rapidly, with increased prevalence of chronic diseases and healthcare demand. Telemonitoring of vital signs will enable better care of the patient. However, daily monitoring requires a change in lifestyle and compliance may be an issue. Materials and Methods: A total of 18 patients in 4 demographics were identified. Telemonitoring equipment was deployed to them for 3 months. Results: After 3 months, the well individual did not use the monitoring devices. 50% of the patients with chronic medical disease <65 years old continued the use of the devices. 2 out of 7 activities of daily living (ADL) independent individuals >65 years old continued the daily monitoring and almost all (5 out of 6) ADL dependent patients continued daily routine monitoring. The dropout may be due to technical issues, user fatigue, change in caregiver or resistance to technology. Conclusions: Remote monitoring will be more successful if the individual already is doing routine self-monitoring or has a life-threatening health-related event. Technical support is also important to help retrain the person in using the devices and for troubleshooting.

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