A nursing home telehealth system: keeping residents connected

J Gerontol Nurs. 2005 Aug;31(8):46-51. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-20050801-14.


Live video and detailed images of nursing home residents can be transmitted in real time via the Internet. This telehealth system allows residents and long-term care health professionals to connect with experts not available on-site. Electronic stethoscope, otoscope, dermascope, dentalscope, and electrocardiogram are available for use via the Internet. Impediments to implementing telehealth systems in long-term care include costs and the lack of reimbursement for telehealth services. Reimbursement for telemedicine in nursing homes is limited by originating site, current procedural terminology codes, and facility location.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Equipment Design
  • Geriatric Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Geriatrics / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Internet / organization & administration
  • Iowa
  • Nurse Administrators / organization & administration
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Homes / organization & administration*
  • Physician Executives / organization & administration
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reimbursement Mechanisms
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*