This case study examines the trial program for telegeriatrics at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore. Telegeriatrics is the extension of telemedicine designed specifically to serve the elderly. The combination of limited mobility and chronic health problems often makes this group ideal recipients of distance medicine.
This brief case study outlines the work of specialists at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital who have been pioneers in telegeriatrics. They initiated a comprehensive trial of the technique. The initial outcomes are promising and have led to further plans to extend the program. This expansion will increase coverage of the program to include four nursing homes located across Singapore. The goal is to provide 4,680 teleconsults a year. Future iterations of the project will also include improvements to teleconferencing technology.
The innovations in Singapore serve as a role model for other countries with growing elderly populations.