SCIE Social Care Online
British Geriatrics Society
Publication date:
01 January 2010


Technical advances in information exchange coupled with societal demographic pressures exist to stimulate interest and deployment of a wide range of telecare and telehealth solutions. Common chronic disease states such as diabetes, stroke, and pulmonary disease are typical areas of relevance within the sphere of home monitoring. The terms reference specific activities. Telecare is “the remote or enhanced delivery of health and social services to people in their own home by means of telecommunications and computerised systems. Telehealth is “the use of telecommunication technologies to provide health care services and access to medical and surgical information for training and educating health care professionals and consumers, to increase awareness and educate the public about health-related issues, and to facilitate medical research across distances. This British Geriatrics Society best practice guide acknowledges the growing role of electronic health support in the prevention and management of chronic illnesses relevant to older people. It presents four sections: introduction and terminology; health policy and models of service provision; responsibilities / role of the geriatrician; and recommendations.