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Home Medication Management by Videophone: Translation from Pilot Project to Integrated Service

  • Victoria A. Wade
  • Angela Littleford
  • Debbie Kralik
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Part of the Communications in Medical and Care Compunetics book series (CMCC, volume 3)

Abstract

The implementation of a telehomecare medication management service, by a community health and care organisation, is described from pilot project to ongoing service. Nurses undertake virtual visits using videophones to guide and monitor medication administration for home-based clients with cognitive impairment, or for those receiving directly observed therapy for tuberculosis. Changes in nursing roles, the development of new clinical protocols and procedures, and a new method of providing flexible, high bandwidth connectivity to the home were developed. Clients reported the telehealth service to be convenient, reassuring, and less intrusive than face-to-face contact, and found the videophones easy to operate. The nursing service found the telehealth service was safe, reliable, cost-effective, and that clients improved their health status. The translation to service integration was accomplished by dedicated resourcing, staff education, addressing staff concerns, the development of a telehealth unit, and a clinical–technical partnership. The critical organizational success factors were the engagement of clinicians, clear development of new professional roles, a continuing change management strategy, and leadership.

Keywords

Telehomecare Videophone  Medication management Community nursing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria A. Wade
    • 1
  • Angela Littleford
    • 2
  • Debbie Kralik
    • 2
  1. 1.Discipline of Public HealthThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.The Royal District Nursing Service of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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