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Telemedicine and telehealth in geriatric care

Guest Editors:
Leonard C. Gray: The University of Queensland, Australia
Milena Soriano MarcolinoUniversidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

BMC Geriatrics called for submissions to our Collection on Telemedicine and telehealth in geriatric care. This collection aimed to explore the impact and potential of telehealth and telemedicine in addressing the unique healthcare needs required by older people.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Leonard C. Gray: The University of Queensland, Australia

Len Gray is a Professor in Geriatric Medicine and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Health Services Research at the University of Queensland.  His research focuses on systems of care for older people, telehealth, clinical informatics and quality systems. He is a practicing geriatrician with over 15 years’ experience in offering telehealth consultations to nursing homes and small rural hospitals across Australia.  He has developed and evaluated protocols for delivery of telehealth services for older people.  He is a Board member of the interRAI international research collaborative which develops assessment and decision support systems for vulnerable individuals.  

Milena Soriano MarcolinoUniversidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Milena Marcolino is a physician specialized in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, a Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, and the scientific coordinator and  researcher at the Telehealth Center, University Hospital, UFMG. Since 2010, she has worked on the development and implementation of mHealth solutions and computerized decision support systems for the management of patients with multiple chronic medical conditions. She has also worked on the coordination of periodic quality audits of tele-electrocardiogram reports and teleconsultations and has published several articles on the topic.

About the Collection

BMC Geriatrics is calling for submissions to our Collection on Telemedicine and telehealth in geriatric care. 

Advances in medicine and health have led to a growing aging population, resulting in an urgent need to explore innovative approaches of healthcare delivery for older adults. Telehealth and telemedicine are rapidly evolving fields that have greatly impacted healthcare by removing barriers of geographical location and expanding access to specialized care. In the context of geriatrics, these digital technologies hold great promise for delivering personalized and patient-centred care, improving medication management, reducing hospital readmissions, and enhancing overall quality of life for older adults.

This collection aims to explore the impact and potential of telehealth and telemedicine in addressing the unique healthcare needs required by older people.

Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Telehealth models and frameworks for providing comprehensive care to older adults
  • Virtual geriatric assessments and remote monitoring of chronic conditions
  • Remote medication management and adherence strategies
  • Telehealth in nursing home/residential care settings
  • Ethical considerations and legal implications of telemedicine
  • Implementation challenges and strategies for integrating telehealth into geriatric care settings
  • User experience and patient satisfaction with telehealth services for older adults

We encourage submissions from a range of disciplines, including geriatric medicine, telemedicine, nursing, psychology, public health, and healthcare technology.

Through the exploration of the opportunities and challenges involved in geriatric telehealth, this collection aims to advance the topic and contribute to development of policy and practice.  

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  1. Accelerometer-derived physical activity (PA) from cardiac devices are available via remote monitoring platforms yet rarely reviewed in clinical practice. We aimed to investigate the association between PA and ...

    Authors: J.K. Taylor, N. Peek, A.S. Greenstein, C. Sammut-Powell, G.P. Martin and F.Z. Ahmed
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2024 24:526
  2. Population aging is forcing the transformation of health care. Long-term care in the home is complex and involves complex communication with primary care services. In this scenario, the expansion of digital he...

    Authors: Ísis de Siqueira Silva, Aguinaldo José de Araújo, Rayssa Horácio Lopes, Cícera Renata Diniz Vieira Silva, Pedro Bezerra Xavier, Renan Cabral de Figueirêdo, Ewerton William Gomes Brito, Luís Velez Lapão, Cláudia Santos Martiniano, Vilani Medeiros de Araújo Nunes and Severina Alice da Costa Uchôa
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2024 24:507
  3. In Thailand, there is a rapidly increasing population of older persons living with hemodialysis (OPLWH) for whom quality of life and clinical outcomes are their main focus. This study aims to assess the feasib...

    Authors: Wanicha Pungchompoo, Saowaros Parinyachitta, Sirirat Pungchompoo, Warawan Udomkhwamsuk and Panadda Suwan
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2024 24:378
  4. Delayed recognition of acute disease among older adults hinders timely management and increases the risk of hospital admission. Point-of-Care testing, including Focused Lung Ultrasound (FLUS) and in-home analy...

    Authors: Siri Aas Smedemark, Christian B. Laursen, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, Flemming S. Rosenvinge and Karen Andersen-Ranberg
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2024 24:373
  5. The risk of dementia is increased in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Despite the plethora of in-person cognitive tests, those that can be administered over the phone are lacking. We hypothesized...

    Authors: Kyung Won Lee, Yun Jeong Hong, Eun Jin Yang, Si Baek Lee, Seong Hoon Kim, Seunghee Na, Young-Do Kim and Jeong Wook Park
    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2024 24:241

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Telemedicine and telehealth in geriatric care" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.