What is telehealth?
Telehealth, often referred to as digital health, is the remote exchange of data between patients and clinicians. Telehealth is typically used by the NHS and private health organisations to remotely monitor patients with long term conditions such as COPD, chronic heart failure or diabetes. Telehealth is also often used to monitor the vital signs of those recently discharged from hospital. This enables care teams to keep a track of patient progress and intervene where necessary, without the need for regular face to face appointments.
How can telehealth be used in care homes?
Care home residents experience 40 to 50 per cent more emergency admissions and A&E attendances than the general population aged 75 and over. Care home residents also often live with at least one long term condition and are regularly monitored for multiple conditions. Telehealth enables carers to remotely monitor resident’s health, without the need for regular face to face appointments or domiciliary visits.
What are the benefits of using telehealth in care homes for the NHS?
Telehealth can help to improve the visibility of care home residents to the NHS, without the need to invest specialist nurse time and travel costs. This could help to support earlier hospital discharge and reduce delayed transfers of care as clinicians can be reassured that patient needs are being met within the care home. Within the context of a growing and ageing population, this could importantly alleviate pressures on the NHS and increase the capacity of services.
What are the benefits of using telehealth in care homes for residents?
Improving the visibility of care home residents using telehealth reassures them and their families that their health is being monitored.
How can telehealth improve interoperability between the NHS and care homes?
Increasingly, care homes are playing a vital role in helping the NHS to deal with mounting pressures and the growing demands of an ageing population. Improving interoperability enables a more co-ordinated approach to care, resulting in improved clinical outcomes and cost savings.
How can Inhealthcare's telehealth care home service improve the coordination of care within the care home?
Inhealthcare’s digital care home service coordinates the monitoring of blood pressure, temperature, weight, heart rate, C02, Sp02 and risk of undernutrition. Inhealthcare’s service can monitor residents with a variety of conditions including chronic heart failure, undernutrition, diabetes and atrial fibrillation. Our service acts as an early warning system, highlighting changes in health which may otherwise go unnoticed.
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Digital monitoring in care homes improves the visibility of patients, reducing A&E admissions
Read the care home brochure to find out how digital monitoring in care homes can improve the coordination of care between health and social care