Telemonitoring should have a central role in future health care
Ashley Yarrow-Jenkins, Thomas I Lemon
School of Medicine, Cardiff University, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
Firstly we would like to thank Upatising et al for undertaking an interesting and relevant study.1 Health professionals are well aware of the impending crisis that the aging demographics will have on future worldwide health care provision. With increasing hospital stays, "bed blocking," and longer duration of chronic illness as a result of increasing life expectancy the crisis is indeed underway.
With shifting society, the attitudes and expectations of health care are changing significantly. With increased pressures on waiting list times, drug provision/administration, and service provision, patients become more critical and budgets become tighter. Outside of health care the technological advancement is astonishing. Smartphones, robotics, tablets, the internet has truly revolutionized health care provision and training in countless ways.
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