Telecare is a form of assistive technology that is available in different packages according to the wide range of products featured.
- There is great policy interest in the potential of telecare to improve outcomes,including functional independence, psychological and quality of life, as well ascarer outcomes.
- There is also policy interest in whether wider use of telecare could reduce or contain use of other services and costs.
- The evidence suggests that telecare, as deployed in England at the present time,does not deliver the outcomes of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness thateveryone might have wanted.
- More research is needed to evaluate technologies in use, strengthen workforce training and share learning across settings.