With the increasing percentage of seniors in the population and the advent of 'universal healthcare' in the US, this topic is hot and will become hotter. The products associated with this topic will provide a paradigm shift in healthcare.
I wondered for a moment if the primary editors were related to Ann Coulter as they had said they had searched and couldn't find many references found to "digital homecare". However, if he or she would have use any one of a bunch of synonyms such as "telehealth homecare", "remote homecare", "eHealth homecare", or "remote homecare", they would have gotten a lot of hits.
Also, it has no index. In a digital age (not the title), this beyond the pale. I guess Springer doesn't believe in software based editing tools. I think I had an index creator for the VMS editor.
Another minor gripe is that it is written from a European perspective. That does not affect the validity in any way. There are necessary and sufficient books which are US centered. For the most part, it enlivens the reading. I just would like to know more about what is going on in the US...I have a feeling, it was nothing.
Aside from those minor nuances, it appears to be quite accurate. There is a lot of good information in the book. It is a collection of scholarly papers. As such, being easy to read is unusual; the academicians often seem to thrive on their profundity. I have paged through the book stopping to read and extract gems here and there. Last night I sat down to read it and the six chapters I have read thus far are very easy to read. There is a lot of discussion on regulation and the need for data interoperability. There are some good examples of field usage and need.
I skipped the chapter on privacy because it was too oriented to European regulations and not enough to general requirements. In the chapter on diffusion of the technology, the authors either were unaware or did not care that there is a wealth of information on system or technology diffusion in existence. The discussion and references in that chapter concentrated on chemistry and not on existing methodology in technology diffusion or communications diffusion. I gave up when they brought up the Arrhenius equation. I guess if you heat up the place by ten degrees, it will diffuse twice as fast.