The Citizen Health System (CHS) is a European Commission (EC) funded project in the field of IST for Health. Its main goal is to develop a generic contact center which in its pilot stage can be used in the monitoring, treatment and management of chronically ill patients at home in Greece, Spain and Germany. Such contact centers, which can use any type of communication technology, and can provide timely and preventive prompting to the patients are envisaged in the future to evolve into well-being contact centers providing services to all citizens. In this paper, we present the structure of such a generic contact center and in particular the telecommunication infrastructure, the communication protocols and procedures, and finally the educational modules that are integrated into this contact center. We discuss the procedures followed for two target groups of patients where two randomized control clinical trials are under way, namely diabetic patients with obesity problems, and congestive heart failure patients. We present examples of the communication means between the contact center medical personnel and these patients, and elaborate on the educational issues involved.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2002|
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