The definition of telecare has changed over time as new technology has shaped the face of modern telemedicine. The basic definition of telecare is “care offered to patients remotely via telecommunications technology, either through synchronous (live video) or asynchronous means (store-and-forward, remote patient monitoring).” Telecare is often used to expand patient access to care, help patients manage recovery and well-being at home, and remotely monitor risks or early warning signs of health conditions. The care could be handled through a range of technology – from telephones to online virtual visits to remote patient monitoring centers. One growing example is the use of remote monitoring centers to provide assistance to the elderly, monitoring for any warning signs of falls or unusual behavior patterns that might be a red flag for needed intervention.
Key Activities: Telecare services, intelligent transportation, wireless broadband services