Possibilities of ICT-supported services in the clinical management of older adults

Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten, Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink, Monique Tabak, Luca Carlo Feletti, Gianluca Zia, Aurèle N'dja, Hermie Hermens

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    Services making use of information and communication technology (ICT) are of potential interest to face the challenges of our aging society. Aim of this article is to describe the possible field of application for ICT-supported services in the management of older adults, in particular those with functional impairment. The current status of ICT-supported services is described and examples of how these services can be implemented in everyday practice are given. Upcoming technical solutions and future directions are also addressed. An ICT-supported service is not only the technological tool, but its combination with clinical purposes for which it is used and the way it is implemented in everyday care. Patient’s satisfaction with ICT-supported services is moderate to good. Actual use of patients is higher than those of professionals but very variable. Frequency of use is positively related to clinical outcome. ICT offers a variety of opportunities for the treatment and prevention of frailty and functional decline. Future challenges are related to the intelligence of the systems and making the technologies even more unobtrusive and intuitive.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-57
    Number of pages9
    JournalAging clinical and experimental research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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    • EWI-27843


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