Private UK consultant cardiologist using telehealth.
Telehealth systems are becoming an essential part of the mix in healthcare services: they keep constant surveillance on patients with long term illnesses and disabilities.
The EvaWare Project E-vita Telehealth Platform benefits patients, health authorities and doctors because patients can be monitored far more frequently and without the need to visit their doctor or hospital. Health authorities benefit from reduced admissions costs, and doctors have fewer patient visits and a more manageable workload.
The Telehealth Platform enables clinicians to monitor the vital signs of their home-based patients almost constantly. It automatically sends email or SMS text alerts when pre-determined clinical thresholds are breached. The platform is easily configured according to the individual needs of each patient and it can regularly check throughout the day a range of vital signs such as pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature, peak flow, blood glucose, weight (Even ECG) and many other parameters.
The E-vita platform works so efficiently and flexibly because it combines monitoring data obtained via the Bluetooth-enabled RTX Telehealth Monitor and integrates fully with EvaWare’s Patient Record solution. The platform’s unique scripting functionality enables a series of questions and answers to be configured, allowing the patient to interact with the system using simple Yes/No buttons to describe their symptoms/condition. The Telehealth Platform modifies each question depending on the answer to previous questions in much the same way as a doctor would, thereby producing an accurate assessment of the patient’s condition. The patient’s EPR is updated immediately and made available to all authorised clinicians.
Being integrated with a full EPR system gives clinicians the ability to record all other data about a patient’s treatment including visits by healthcare professionals and admissions to hospitals. The uploading of medical imagery and other documents provides a complete and comprehensive picture of the patient’s history and current condition. The Telehealth Platform can be reconfigured easily, quickly and remotely without the need for on-site support.
Project E-vita is a ground-breaking product in the market of healthcare management systems and electronic patient records. It is a feature-rich environment designed to meet the requirements of clinicians, administrators and managers alike. The system architecture is shaped to simplify the recording of all patient encounter data whether in primary care, community care or hospital/acute Care environments. Project E-vita website
Evaware is a Microsoft Certified Partner based in England and Isle of Man. The RTX Telehealth monitor is EU Medical Device Directive EN60601 certified and also United States FDA K510 approved.
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During the past few years, the Preventative Technology Grant spurred many local authorities and PCTs into action to begin spending on telehealth to help reduce unplanned admissions.
Not as rosy as it is painted
Selling and marketing activities have been dominated by the market leaders, leveraging from their presence in other related markets. As a result there is now a plethora of telehealth pilots in operation throughout the UK; regularly boasted about by the market leaders. However, all is not as buoyant as it may appear.
Comments have been made by some observers that less than 50% of all the telehealth systems sold are actually in use. A great deal is still on shelves waiting for patient deployment and many of those in patients’ homes are not being used properly owing to poor patient compliance.
Three key elements for success
There are three key elements that make up a successful telehealth implementation:
1. Selecting the right patients: those most at risk of unplanned admissions and those which use community matron resource unnecessarily
2. Getting patient compliance and responding to non-compliance by having a tried and tested, effective induction process for patients
3. Having the community matrons embrace the technology and new ways of working. Experiential training is essential to help them understand that this change is not a threat
So the outcomes of telehealth are not so much to do with the technology as the implementation process. Why, therefore, do so many PCTs and so called ‘tele-experts’ just ask about, and compare the capabilities and price of, the equipment? Simply because they do not yet have the necessary telehealth experience.
Therefore, a fourth key element for a successful implementation is:
4. Speak with other PCTs that have already gained this experience and have fully deployed all their systems to patients that are using them each and every day
Let us put you in touch with the real experts
There are some PCTs that have this experience and Docobo would welcome the opportunity of putting you in touch with these real experts.
If you are passionate about improving the care in the community of patients with long term conditions and making savings like:
- Glenfield COPD team, that saved £100,000 in November and December 2008, or
- Darlington PCT whose telehealth patients are all over the age of 85 and all use telehealth daily, or
- Knowsley PCT who have experience of different telehealth suppliers…
then call Docobo on 01372 459866 or email email@example.com and we will be pleased to help you leverage the expertise of our partner PCTs.
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Independent UK telehealth and telecare provider.
VNC Lifeline is a long-established provider of telecare and associated services in and around Merseyside.
We help over 4000 people to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own home or sheltered accommodation through the provision of a remote alarm monitoring service. We have gained the prestigious national accreditation for the provision of telecare installation and monitoring from the Telecare Services Association (TSA).
We pride ourselves in treating all of our customers as individuals with their own set of challenges and requirements. As such, we are constantly developing the choice of services to match the changing needs of customers, their carers and families. We offer a wide range of remote sensors that we can tailor to the needs of each individual customer.
Our team of dedicated telephone staff operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and answers over 70,000 customer calls a year.
Lifeline is a social enterprise and works in partnership with emergency services, NHS, registered social landlords, carers and customer family and friends to deliver security and peace of mind. We actively encourage discussion with prospective partners to further develop the service we deliver to our customers.