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Smartphones, wearables are the future of NHS

NHS England has sketched out the future of healthcare and it will be one using smartphones and wearable bio-sensors to monitor ourselves and alert clinicians. NHS National Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh has written to around 250 organisations across health, … Continue reading

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Scotland to invest additional £10m on telehealth

The Scottish Health Secretary, Alex Neil, has announced the investment of an additional £10 million (about US $ 15 million) to support home health monitoring solutions across Scotland, the BBC has reported. This additional funding for the NHS Boards will … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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NHS Highland to check all telecare fire alarms following death

The failure of a telecare fire alarm may have contributed to the death of a 51-year old wheelchair user in a fire at her home last month according to The Inverness Courier and the Scottish Express. Barbara Anderson died in … Continue reading

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Interview article in Information Week

Information Week has published an interview on its online edition where the telehealth director of InHealthcare is evangelising “digital care pathways” and “holistic electronic views of patients”. This might impress NHS jargon lovers, but it is disappointing to see companies … Continue reading

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Maximising the benefits of Telehealth

In an article in The Guardian Professional Network, Ileana Welte head of Bosch Healthcare unsurprisingly defends the positive aspects of Telehealth this week in the face of the recent negative results from the WSD. She cites a 2020health report in … Continue reading

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Benefits of Telehealth

A report on the BBC website today makes a quick roundup of some key items from the current UK telehealth scene: the WSD and the recent BMJ article on it, 3ML, O2 Help at Hand and Vodafone mHealth. It gets … Continue reading

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Telehealth did not improve quality of life – WSD

“Second generation, home based telehealth as implemented in the Whole Systems Demonstrator Evaluation was not effective or efficacious compared with usual care only. Telehealth did not improve quality of life or psychological outcomes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, … Continue reading

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BMA not convinced of Telehealth as a result of WSD

“In terms of the evidence, the conclusion from studies (including one of the largest telehealth and telecare studies ever conducted; the UK Whole System Demonstrator trial) is that the evidence does not warrant full scale roll-out, but more careful exploration. … Continue reading

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Digital Policy Alliance report on Telecare and Telehealth

The new report “Living Independently: shouldering the burden of chronic disease“ is a report from the Digital Policy Alliance which analyses the barriers to the adoption of telehealth in the UK and how these may be addressed. The report identifies … Continue reading

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Telehelath lacking national leadership in the UK

Technology is poorly applied in the NHS, the 3ML initiative has no funding and is driven by conflicting requirements says Simon Jones, NHS Direct’s Director in an interview published today in The Guardian Healthcare Network. Noting a lack of national … Continue reading

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CBI publishes report on use of telecom tech in NHS

With a punchy title Right care in the right place: delivering care closer to the home CBI published a report yesterday which identifies £3.4 billion savings for the NHS – based on various estimates previously published. For example this total … Continue reading

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Controversy continues on North Yorkshire telehealth project

Less than 25% of the 2000 telehealth units bought by North Yorkshire and York NHS Trust in October 2010 at a cost of £3.2M have been brought into use to todate, according to a report by the BBC. We have … Continue reading

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Multiple long-term chronic conditions need a new approach says Lancet study

“The health system in the UK cannot cope with the rising number of under-65s with long-term medical conditions” reports the BBC, quoting a study published in the Lancet. The study which was carried out in Scotland using a 2007 database … Continue reading

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Patient data privacy key to mass use of electronic data

The confidence that patients and clinicians will have in the privacy of the personal data of patients will be key to the success of mass adoption of technologies like telehealth argues Kurt Long in Public Service. The 3 Million Lives … Continue reading

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