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Telemedicine in nursing homes: an essential supplemental tool for deployment
  1. Motti Haimi1,2
  1. 1Health Systems Management Department, The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Emek Yezreel, Northern, Israel
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Dr Motti Haimi, Health Systems Management Department, The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Emek Yezreel, Northern, Israel; morx{at}netvision.net.il; mottih{at}yvc.ac.il

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Commentary on: Chua M, Lau XK, Ignacio J. Facilitators and barriers to implementation of telemedicine in nursing homes: A qualitative systematic review and meta-aggregation. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2024 Feb 10.

Implications for practice and research

  • Telemedicine seems to hold a lot of promise, especially in nursing homes where patients are in desperate need of prompt medical attention.

  • Lack of experience among healthcare professionals, as well as a lack of knowledge about process flows and organisational readiness, may be barriers to the introduction of telemedicine into nursing homes.

  • Further research that examines the work system from the perspective of nursing homes will be necessary to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of telemedicine connections in these settings.

Context

One of the biggest issues facing society is the growing number of elderly people who require care, which in turn is driving up demand for care services and creating a nursing staff shortage. The use of telemedicine in these circumstances appears promising, particularly in nursing homes (NHs) and assisted living facilities where the emphasis is on providing prompt care for …

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published. The title was incorrect.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.