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Title: Safety and risk issues in using telecare
Authors: Williams, G.
Doughty, K.
Bradley, David A.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Computing & Engineering Systems
Keywords: Telecommunication in medicine
Issue Date: Oct-2000
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Royal Society of Medicine Press, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/1357633001935833
Citation: Williams, G., Doughty, K. and Bradley, D.A. 2000. Safety and risk issues in using telecare. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 6(5): pp.249-262. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/1357633001935833
Abstract: The increasing adoption of technology to support independent living at home through the extended use of community alarms and, ultimately, second-generation telecare systems poses some safety problems. The implications of any failure of the technology must be addressed in order to provide a safe and reliable care service. The risks of using home-based technology can be assessed by standard techniques under three categories: environmental factors; human factors; and technological factors. A safety classification system for telecare devices is proposed leading to a range of design guidelines which represent good practice. An example of the use of these design principles is a prototype second-generation telecare system, MIDAS, which is currently undergoing trials. In order to reduce the risks associated with device failure, the system incorporates distributed intelligence, built-in self-testing and redundancy. Potentially hazardous situations can therefore be controlled.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1112
ISSN: 1357-633X
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