Background: Telehealth has many benefits, in routine care and especially during times of epidemics in which restrictions to direct patient/healthcare-provider interaction exist. Objective: To explore the availability, application, and implementation of telehealth services during the Covid-19 era, designed for the aged population (age 65 and more). Methods: This systematic review/analysis was conducted by searching the most popular databases including PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science. We included studies that clearly defined any use of telemedicine services in any aspect of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at the elderly population, published in peer-reviewed journals. We independently assessed search results, extracted the relevant studies, and assessed their quality. Results: 3225 articles were identified after removing duplicates. After reading the full texts of 40 articles, 11 articles were finally included. Among the telehealth services, there were services aimed for triage and control during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote monitoring and treatment, follow-ups online meetings for patients residing in health centers, and application of online services. Conclusions: Although the elderly population may benefit the most from telehealth services, especially during pandemics and social distancing restrictions, not enough services were developed and implemented to satisfy the needs of this population.
|Journal||Health Informatics Journal|
|State||Published - 7 Feb 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors want to thank the librarian Ms Tal Kaminski for her assistance in data extraction. This article is in memory of my mother- Rachel Haimi, who passed away several months ago at the age of 87, not from Covid-19 infection, but due the lack of appropriate medical attention caused by the Covid-19 restrictions. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
© The Author(s) 2022.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics