Hidetoshi Wakamatsu



Telehealth Systems: As They Should Be -Their Role in Our Lives and Welfare

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We discuss some fundamental concept of telehealth with relating welfare systems based on the Internet facility from the standpoints of their beneficiaries and social infrastructure. Our approach is here by our own work more than 30 years which was introduced in the newspaper “Science News Japan, Tokyo” with some examples. There remains however still important things in this area. So we further discuss according to the reference of subjective needs of individual beneficiaries in our aged society. Thus, the support rather than the surveillance of beneficiaries is first discussed with expenses of curbed and equipment simplified in ordinary telehealth cases. Secondly, community-wide medicare offering security is talked about utilizing timely offered technologies. Emphasis is however placed on Face-to-Face communication and on easy handling by beneficiaries, providing as examples such opportunities of enjoying games for the disadvantaged and for dementia patients. Then, the same technological concept based on broadband are discussed to make it enable to have teleconferences, teleeducation for rural depopulated region. The proposal is thereby made in order to appeal to smaller information gaps and to keep sufficient capacity communication in telehealth-society.


Telehealth, Medicare, Nursing, Welfare, Wellbeing, Ageing society, Internet, Telecommunication


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Hidetoshi Wakamatsu. (2018) Telehealth Systems: As They Should Be -Their Role in Our Lives and Welfare. International Journal of Communications, 3, 56-68


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