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Guidelines for the practice of home telemedicine

Name: JTTA Guidelines for the practice of home telemedicine (2011 edition)

Identifier: No Applicable

Issuing Organisation: Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association

Country: Japan

Language: English

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Availability: Free to Access

Type: Guideline

Issue Year: 2011

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Digital Health  Health and Wellbeing 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Carers, Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


The Japan Telemedicine and Home telemedicine Association has developed this Guideline to organise all the necessary information for physicians and dentists (referred to below as “physicians”) and healthcare institutions planning to practice home telemedicine, and to discern the advantages and limitations of the latter. In order to maintain the quality of medical care at a level that is higher than needed, the publication of this guideline will promote the understanding of telemedicine, and will contribute to the resolution of issues pertaining to home medical care, as well as its development.

In light of future developments in telecommunication and related technologies (e.g. medical devices and medical technology), and improvements in the healthcare system, the Japan Telemedicine and Telecare Association has established a continuous committee for this guideline. Starting in 2011, additional studies will be added once every year.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: Medium

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Not known


There are an ever-increasing number of regions where the age of the population is progressing, and where there is a shortage of physicians. The geographical areas assigned to each individual physician for home visits and house calls have increased, and as a result, physicians can only meet the needs of a limited number of patients.

This guideline applies to a healthcare system in which physicians adhere to the belief that they are primarily responsible for providing real-time, bi-directional healthcare to home patients using telecommunication and audiovisual equipment.


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