Tunstall pairing with Inhealthcare digital health for NHS remote monitoring

[grow_thumb image=”http://telecareaware.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Big-T-thumb-480×294-55535.gif” thumb_width=”150″ /]A digital link of hope for Tunstall’s future? Announced at The King’s Fund Digital Health & Care Conference but oddly not receiving much notice was the UK collaboration of Tunstall Healthcare and Inhealthcare. Inhealthcare builds infrastructure for digital health services, and currently works extensively with multiple NHS regions and programs, such as the North of England Regional Back Pain Programme, NHS England’s Sheffield City Region Test Bed and the Darlington Healthy New Town project. Their services include telehealth monitoring for INR, COPD, medication reminders, a smartphone app platform, chronic pain management, and a surprising one that addresses undernutrition in older adults. The Tunstall-Inhealthcare objective is to integrate health and social care with clinical care systems in six areas: LTC home monitoring, identifying vulnerable patients, involving family members, 24/7 clinical care coordination centers, post-discharge management, and digital health at home innovation. Also noted is that Inhealthcare has programming technology that can reduce the time to build out services and apps.

Inhealthcare Ltd is part of Intechnology plc, owned by Peter Wilkinson, who has developed several UK internet and technology companies at scale–Planet Online, Freeserve, and Sports Internet (now Sky Betting and Gaming). Tunstall release

A healthcare/smartphone survey not from usual suspects

From FICO, an analytics software company best known in the US for your creditworthiness score (FICO Score), are some results on the healthcare portion of a just released cross-industry survey (with mobile banking, insurance) on smartphone usage:

  • 80 percent would like to be able to interact with healthcare providers on their smartphones
  • 76 percent would like to be reminded of medical appointments
  • 69 percent would like to receive reminders to rearrange appointments, or be prompted to take their medication
  • Texting as a push communication is preferred for all three above except for medication reminders
  • 56 percent trust healthcare organisations with personal data (lower than it should be at this stage–Ed.)
  • 2 in 3 want to receive medical advice through digital channels instead of visiting a doctor (cheering news for Better and online providers such as Everyday Health and WebMD)
  • But presently, users do most of their research the ‘old-fashioned’ online-on-your-PC way

To get full results on the healthcare preferences of smartphone users in the US, Australia, Brazil, China and the UK, you’ll have to visit their webpage and answer five questions. Release.