Category Archives: telecare

Doubts raised over safety of ‘doctor by broadband’

Patients could be put at risk by using internet-based equipment to manage their conditions from home, the lead investigator of a nationwide trial into the technology has warned.
Ministers are keen to push ‘telehealth’ – where people with chronic conditions help manage their own conditions from home – but there are questions over safety.
Ministers are keen to push ‘telehealth’ – where people with chronic conditions help manage their own conditions from home – but there are questions over safety.
Stephen Adams

By Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent

3:01PM BST 30 Aug 2012

Ministers are keen to push the benefits of telehealth, in which people with long term conditions like diabetes and heart disease submit readings to doctors and nurses online.

Telehealth: the benefits of video conferencing

Medical staff, patients and parents are using a new system that has saved lives

Outpatients who require ongoing monitoring are given a laptop equipped with in-built video conferencing technology.

Every year, more than 200 infants are born in Northern Ireland with heart disease. I work at the Royal Belfast hospital for sick children and as specialists in paediatric cardiology, we deal with a majority of these cases. For the past few years we’ve been supplementing our traditional care with a telemedicine scheme that offers patients, parents and our colleagues a new way to interact.

Like thousands of hospital departments across the UK, we deal with resourcing difficulties. Not only do we cope with our current patient load but our expertise is also in high demand with colleagues at other hospitals.

‘Give patients smartphones’ call

Mobile phone apps are expected to be used increasingly by the health service
4 May 2012 Last updated at 06:26
 Giving cheap smartphones to patients living in remote and rural areas has been suggested as a way of providing faster and more cost effective care.

App designer Geoff Wilcock told BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme it would give people access to software that could be created for the NHS.

Mr Wilcox said apps could aid in consultations and cut waiting times.

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare said patients expected greater use of technology.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) held a workshop on mobile phone applications last month.

The agency said that by 2014 it was expected that some 77 billion apps will have been downloaded from the Android and Apple phone markets.

Mr Wilcock, who took part in the workshop, said the NHS could provide patients with low-cost smartphones.

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