Feros Care ponders what is beyond the telehealth pilot

The trouble with trials and pilots is they come to end. As the two-year pilot in Coffs Harbour, Australia, looms ahead Glen Payne, CIO of Feros Care has told iTnews that he is not looking forward to the day he has to go back to his elderly participants to uninstall the equipment.

click to enlargeUnder the service, participants are equipped with and trained to use technology such as a digital thermometer, blood pressure monitor, weight scale, pulse oximeter and glucometer according to Your Life Choices. The devices are connected via Bluetooth and send information to a pre-programmed touchscreen computer at a Ferros Care hub which is monitored by a dedicated nurse. HD Video link consultations are arranged with a GP if needed. The HD aspect is said to be particularly important and has enabled better wound control where hard-to-see changes in colour and appearance can be vital in diagnosis.

The trial is due to end in June next year and it is reported that no ongoing funding is currently available. This trial was targeted for 200 participants and it is said to have 130 patients with at least one chronic illness taking part.

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