For chronic disease patients receiving home care, telehealth is a gamechanger. And the number of these patients are expected to explode as the Baby Boomer generation ages. While the acceptance of technology by seniors has been the biggest concern of those who want to do telehealth with them, the truth is many elderly love their iPhones and are comfortable with doing FaceTime with their grandchildren. So what are the real barriers and unexpected problems of using telehealth technology with the elderly? Join telehealth researcher Dr. Kavita Radhakrishnan on this week’s TFSS webinar. With a background in both Electrical Engineering and Nursing, Dr. Radhakrishnan has been researching and exploring the often-missed human factor repercussions of using telehealth technology with the elderly.
Dr. Kavita Radhakrishnan received her PhD and BSN from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics Engineering (BE) from the University of Mumbai. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on use of technology such as telehealth, and digital games to engage older adult patients with chronic disease self-management. Specifically, her research focusses on the socio-technical aspects of health technology use as well as their sustainability.