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GiraffPlus is funded by the European Community's Framework Programme Seven (FP7) under contract #288173. FP7 - ICT - Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance. Duration: 01.01.2012 to 31.12.2014

2013-08-06 The System's Ability to Support Autonomy in Everyday Life is a Crucial Factor
The results presented in an article written by S.A. Frennert, A. Forsberg and B. Östlund, indicate that the crucial factor for adoption of telehealthcare systems is not usability but the system's ability to support autonomy in everyday life. Eleven users tested the usability and reported what they perceived as possible benefits of having such a system at home. The findings suggest openness among the participants to a telehealthcare system if it can provide benefits the current healthcare system cannot, such as increased interaction with healthcare professionals.

Results from the user lab tests indicate that a telehealthcare system needs to:
(a) be customized to the individual's needs,
(b) be reliable,
(c) be easy to use,
(d) consist of as few devices as possible, and
(e) offer training and educational throughout the usage.

The relative advantage depends on how well integrated the telehealthcare system becomes into the current healthcare.

Read the whole article: "Elderly People's Perceptions of a Telehealthcare System: Relative Advantage, Compatibility, Complexity and Observability".