Airedale telehealth rolled out to more care homes

The video-link/ videoconferencing system used by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to provide remote medical assistance is being Airedale-digital-healthcare-centrerolled out to additoinal care home sites. The service is staffed by a specialist nurse at Airedale General Hospital who uses the system, known as the Telehealth Hub, to assess patients and support staff at the homes.

According to the Keighley News the service was installed in a Bradford nursing home with the first use on New Year’s Eve. Staff at Ashville Care Home are quoted as saying that the service allows their residents to receive medical care without having to call a GP out or take them into hospital. A hopital visit would mean having to get extra cover as a member of staff needs to go as well.

Meanwhile the Telegraph & Argus reports the roll out to care homes in Calderdale and Huddersfield. According to the report, Airedale is working to install the system in 200 care and nursing homes this winter under the Immedicare joint venture.

We have previously reported (Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Involve-Visual form JV to market telehealth solution, TANN England Aug 28, 2013) and wondered about where the profits of commercialisation of this NHS service will end up. What is the cost to the Airedale NHS Trust and how much of the benefit is returning to the public purse?

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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