The aim of this study was to design and pilot test ICT-supported rehabilitation services across twelve health care institutions and four different diagnosis groups (i.e. acute hip, arthritis, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) starting from a multimodal service platform that offers four different telemedicine technologies: 1) teleconsultation, 2) activity coaching, 3) web-based exercising and 4) health monitoring. Results showed that using the same technologies, different telemedicine services can be developed with different clinical purposes. Results also show that different implementation strategies are needed for different patient groups, or even within different patient groups, to get the services implemented in everyday care. Evaluation of the ICT-supported rehabilitation services in everyday care showed that the ICT support is being accepted and highly used by the patient. However, the use of the ICT support by care professionals was dramatically low. Future studies should focus on full-scale implementation in clinical practice, on education of the health care professionals as well as large-scale trials.
- BSS-Technology supported cognitive training
- Chronic disease