U-Health: An example of a high-quality individualized healthcare service

Hsin Lu Chang, Michael Jeng-Ping Shaw, Feipei Lai, Wen Je Ko, Yi Lwun Ho, Heng Shuen Chen, Chin Chung Shu

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Abstract

National Taiwan University Hospital (Taipei, Taiwan), which is one of the largest hospitals in Taiwan, is undergoing healthcare service reforms: it is combining the home healthcare service network and sensors network into a new service known as the Ubiquitous Healthcare (U-Health) service system in order to continually provide a personalized healthcare service to patients who live in remote areas. The U-Health service system is comprised of six service components that are introduced in an integrated manner: tele-education, telediagnosis, telemonitoring, teleconsultation, teletherapy and lifetime health. The target patient segments are postdischarge patients, patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases, patients suffering from chronic diseases and patients in hospice care. Since its launch in October 2009, the U-Health service system has effectively reduced the rehospitalization rate from 12% in October 2009 to 6% in May 2010 and the rate of visiting the emergency room from 21% in October 2009 to 9% in May 2010, during the 14-day postdischarge follow-up period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-687
Number of pages11
JournalPersonalized Medicine
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

Keywords

  • National Taiwan University Hospital
  • U-Health
  • cardiovascular disease
  • chronic disease
  • hospice care
  • individualized healthcare
  • postdischarge
  • service propositions
  • service value metrics
  • telehealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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