Telehealth Solutions has launched a new managed telehealth service in the UK that has the potential to transform the treatment of serious long-term conditions.
The new service combines a customised home monitoring system and a specialist nurse triage service for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes or chronic heart failure.
As well as improving patient care through more regular monitoring and timely intervention, managed telehealth is expected to reduce hospital admissions and administrative workload for clinicians.
COPD affects 900,000 COPD people in the UK, with hospital admissions for these patients costing the NHS an estimated £35 million per year.
The ‘end-to-end’ managed telehealth service directly involves patients in their own treatment, while enabling clinicians to personalise the collection of data for each patient, detecting warning signs and making early interventions.
The Telehealth Solutions home monitoring system incorporates a range of vital sign collection devices: weight scales, peak flow meter, thermometer, pulse oximeter, blood pressure meter, ECG, blood glucose meter and INR tester.
John Dyson, Chief Executive of Telehealth Solutions, said: “The Telehealth Solutions ‘end-to-end’ service is a tailored, comprehensive patient care model, ensuring full collaboration and dialogue between patient and healthcare professional from the outset.
“It is a significant step forward for patients with these long-term conditions as they can now take more control over their treatment plan and actively participate in consultations.”
The DH will shortly publish the outcome of the NHS Whole Systems Demonstrator programme, which has trialled telehealth systems with 6,000 patients over three sites in England.
Based in Watford, Telehealth Solutions has achieved success with its GP practice-based Surgery Pod for monitoring patients with long-term conditions.