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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- Connected health
- Remote monitoring and intervention
- Service-oriented device architectures
- Social network applications in healthcare
- Behavior alteration
- Persuasive computing
- Persuasive technology
- Behavior change theory
- Behavior change model
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Sumi Helal, PhD, Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory
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Received: September 3, 2010
Accepted: June 8, 2011
Published online: August 31, 2011
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Number of Figures : 7, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 44
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