Home telehealth in partnership with Newham University Hospital NHS Trust to provide remote patient monitoring

Newham 09 August 2005Newham University Hospital NHS Trust is transforming the monitoring of patients in London's East End to enable them to stay healthy and maintain their independence. The Hospital has implemented the groundbreaking CareCompanion Home Monitoring Solution in the Borough of Newham, which is also expected to reduce patients' unplanned accident and emergency room visits, increase clinical efficiencies and reduce unnecessary nurse visits to patient's homes.

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The solution, supplied by Home Telehealth Ltd., based in Cardiff, is designed for patients who are seen by nurses from the Long Term Conditions Programme and who have congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The telehealth solution, which is manufactured by United States company AMD Telemedicine, has been installed into patients' homes.

The system interacts with the patient through an easy-to-read touch-screen and provides reminders, collects vital signs data from various medical devices and asks questions that help assess the condition of the patient. The system automatically sends the data to a Web-based server through the patient's home telephone line. The Newham caregiver then accesses this data through a secure Web site and is notified automatically if any readings exceed thresholds pre-set by the nurse. This closer monitoring of the patient's condition, and any resultant warning that the condition is changing, allows the nurse to intervene more quickly and more accurately to keep the patient healthy and allow them to live more independently.

Greg Hudson, Project Manager for Newham University Hospital NHS Trust Service Transformation Redesign and Innovation Project (STRIP) programme, stated: "Telemonitoring technology is an extension of the Long Term Condition Programme. The programme will now embrace modern technology, which will be the way of the future for in-home patient care."

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust chose Home Telehealth Limited after thoroughly researching the telemonitoring market and evaluating competitive proposals. According to Angela Single, Programme Manager: "The AMD Telemedicine solution, supplied by Home Telehealth, offered the most suitable telemonitoring system that provides in-depth collection, assessment and review of patient information. The CareCompanion Home Monitoring Solution will work in seamless conjunction with the Long Term Conditions care provider to allow a patient to stay healthier in their home."

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust patients are pro-actively asking to be part of this telemonitoring project because they know that it will keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. One patient stated: "I am very grateful to have this system in my home because I know that my nurse and my GP will receive my vital signs and assessments everyday. I will be able to stay out of A&E and remain in my home where I am more comfortable."

Peter Range, Managing Director of Home Telehealth Limited, stated: "HTL has been working with home care professionals in many countries to develop an effective, easy to use home monitor. Our work with Brunel University and others in the United Kingdom has helped us to tailor our products and services to the needs of the NHS. We are particularly pleased to be implementing this ground-breaking programme, where health, social services and housing are working together to deliver improved community care."

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust is an acute hospital Trust caring for one of the youngest, fastest-growing and most diverse populations in the country. Newham University Hospital NHS Trust is working in conjunction with the Service Transformation Redesign and Innovation Project (STRIP) of the NHS. The STRIP project is funding that has been set aside from the Strategic Health Authorities to enable Trusts to bid for chunks of money. This money must then be used for re-designing current services or coming up with brand new innovations that will revolutionise patient care. This is where CareCompanion fits in.

Homecare Telehealth Limited (HTL) provides complete technology and managed service provision for home monitoring applications. HTL is a master distributor of AMD Telemedicine's CareCompanion products and services with offices in Wales, Cardiff and South Gloucestershire, England.


Leslie Versweyveld

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