We reported in June 2011 that Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH) was launching a telehealth pilot to monitor 50 heart failure patients from a central monitoring station (see Telehealth Pilot in Liverpool). LCH has recently announced that they aim to roll out the service across Liverpool to at least 1,000 patients in the next 2 years.
The original trial was reported to have been funded under the North Merseyside QUIPP programme (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) and was a partnership between the North Merseyside Health Informatics Service and LCH. These organisations were also two of eight partners that won funding from the Technology Strategy Board last year for a project called “More independent” (or “Mi”) to build a “smart house”. That project was completed earlier this year. The expansion of the telehealth pilot is now being branded as Mi.
This still doesn’t seem to be quite a mainstreaming of telehealth as the LCH website has no reference to telehealth as it does for, say, Community Equipment Service.