NHS’ Self-Care Week highlights the difference telehealth can make in improving the health and well-being of everyone.
The week is intended to promote the idea that that whatever your age and health, the best placed person to look after you – is you.
Yet telehealth ensures you don’t have to do it on your own.
Telehealth Solutions offers the ‘Home Pod’, an iPad-like device patients can use to measure vital signs like blood pressure and lung function, answer symptom questionnaires and send the results to a nurse.
A carer can examine results remotely, and spot problems before they demand a hospital visit or ambulance call-out.
It means that doctors and nurses can have a more active role in what every patient must do to some degree: self-care. For those with long-term conditions like lung disease or diabetes, self-care makes the difference between another problem-free day and a trip to the emergency room.
By keeping patients out of hospital and at home, they enjoy a greatly improved quality of life, while the NHS saves costs.
It also means time with nurses and GPs can be spent on support, care and advice, instead of taking routine measurements.
In some cases telehealth reduced hospital admissions by over 90%, and cut home visits from the GP by half.
Jeremy Cummin, Executive Chairman of Telehealth Solutions said, ‘Telehealth and self-care are two sides of the same coin. With someone on the other end of a HomePod ensuring they’re taking the right steps and making the right choices, patients are safer – and feel safer.’
‘The most important part isn’t the lives saved or the increased efficiency for the NHS, it’s the confidence and security that takes a patient from worrying about their health to enjoying life again.’