Liverpool telehealth pilot to expand to 1,000 patients

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.

lch logoThis 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.

About Chrys Meewella

Chrys is an Electrical Engineer who has specialised in Telecommunications and has worked on developing telecare and telehealth solutions. Following his post-doctoral work at Imperial College Chrys joined Philips Research Labs and later worked for, amongst others, BT, O2 and NEC. Chrys is a Charted Engineer and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and runs a consultancy business in telecommunications and IT.
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