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Participatory and Persuasive TelehealthLee D.a · Helal S.a · Anton S.b · De Deugd S.c · Smith A.c
aMobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department (CISE), and bDepartment of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and cEmerging Standards Division, IBM, Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA
Sumi Helal, PhD, Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory
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Keywords: Connected healthRemote monitoring and interventionService-oriented device architecturesSocial network applications in healthcareBehavior alterationPersuasive computingPersuasive technologyBehavior change theoryBehavior change model
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Technological advances in telehealth systems are primarily focused on sensing and monitoring. However, these systems are limited in that they only rely on sensors and medical devices to obtain vital signs. New research and development are urgently needed to offer more effective and meaningful interactions between patients, medical professionals and other individuals around the patients. Social networking with Web 2.0 technologies and methods can meet these demands, and help to develop a more complete view of the patient. Also many people, including the elderly, may be resistant to change, which can reduce the efficacy of telehealth systems. Persuasive technology and mechanisms are urgently needed to counter this resistance and promote healthy lifestyles. In this paper, we propose the participatory and persuasive telehealth system as a solution for these two limitations. By integrating connected health solutions with social networking and adding persuasive influence, we increase the chances for effective interventions and behavior alterations.
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