Covid has unleashed a wave of innovation in the NHS. The pandemic has accelerated the uptake of digital health and remote monitoring services across the health and care system. Technology is enabling more patients to be supported at home under the close supervision of the NHS, reducing the risk of infection and empowering individuals to take greater control over their own health and care.
Oximetry @ Home services are playing an important role closely monitoring patients with confirmed or suspected Covid to ensure symptoms do not deteriorate. Across Wessex, Inhealthcare’s service is monitoring thousands of patients on a daily basis, recording information such as oxygen levels, pulse rate and temperature. Close tracking of patients means any deterioration can be quickly identified and acted on early to prevent serious illness or death.
The emergence of long Covid
For many Covid patients, a full recovery can take months. People who had experienced mild illness can still have long-term problems. Symptoms of ‘long Covid’ can include fatigue, breathlessness, anxiety and depression, palpitations, chest pains, joint and muscle pain.
How can remote monitoring support patients with long Covid?
With growing numbers of long Covid cases being reported, digital tools can enable health care professionals to deliver high levels of support to patients simultaneously, instead of traditional face-to-face appointments. Long Covid treatment plans may include breathing exercises, cognitive behavioural therapy to help with anxiety and depression as well as specialist dietary advice and exercise plans.
If you are looking for help with wide-scale long Covid recovery plans for your patients, please get in touch.