Home Telehealth Limited wins second National Award with its innovative nurse-led Telehealth Care Centre

Cardiff 19 March 2009The Annual MediLink UK Innovation Awards were held at the Haberdashers Hall in London on the 16th March, in the presence of over 100 senior sector representatives. The Awards celebrate the achievements of the UK health technology sectors and provide recognition of the achievements of those companies who have excelled. "The NHS Innovations Partnership with the NHS Award", for collaboration with the National Health Service (NHS) that resulted in both improved business performance and benefited patient care through innovation was awarded to Home Telehealth Limited.


Health care excellence and innovation was top of the agenda as the United Kingdom's best health care companies were recognised at the Medilink UK Awards 2009 - the Health Care Technologies sector's equivalent to the Oscars.

The NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) Partnership with the NHS Award went to Home Telehealth Ltd. Based in Cardiff, the company deliver UK-wide telehealth services, products and solutions for patients with long-term chronic conditions allowing patients to be cared for in a setting of their choice. Through a successful collaboration with the South East NHS Trust, the specialists were able to deliver a new concept in telehealth care which has lead to a decrease in hospital admissions, a reduction in the number of hospital beds used, the length of time patients stay in hospital and the number of visits made by General Practitioners (GPs).

Mary Green, Innovations Gateway Manager, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement presented the award to Home Telehealth Limited in recognition of their work with the NHS in the provision of a new concept in Telehealth enabled care delivery for the management of people with long-term chronic conditions.

The award resulted from Home Telehealth Limited's solutions being commissioned as an equipment supplier, but also as a service provider delivering World Class Commissioning standards for Telehealth Managed Services through the delivery of "end-to-end" Telehealth Programmes. This was achieved by providing the daily triaging of patients with long-term chronic conditions via its nurse-led care centre operation.

These services came into being when NHS Trust Directors of Commissioning decided to use the services of Home Telehealth Limited as a Telehealth Service Provider rather than purchasing equipment and running their own "in-house" service. The Home Telehealth model includes the installation of the technology in the patients' home and daily monitoring and review of patient data by qualified Telehealth Nurses.

The service brought about:

  • an 11,77 percent decrease in hospital admissions
  • a 40 percent reduction in hospital bed days used
  • length of hospital stays was reduced from 4,8 days to 2,26 days
  • a 25 percent Improvement in "Quality of Life" questionnaire scores
  • a 24,53 percent reduction in face to face visits of Community Respiratory Team
  • GP visits during monitoring period were reduced by 22,45 percent
  • and 36 unplanned hospital admissions were prevented.

Peter Range, Managing Director of Home Telehealth Limited, stated: "We are delighted to have received recognition from MediLink UK that the Telehealth services we are providing are making a significant difference to peoples' lives and also helping to reduce costs in health and social care delivery in the UK."

Home Telehealth Limited are delivering on the vision of Lord Darzi by enabling people to take control over their own health and live independently in their own homes - and out of institutionalised care - through the use of nurse-led Telehealth care provision.

Sponsored by Xiros plc, the Medilink UK annual awards celebrate cutting edge technologies, outstanding business achievements and international success and collaboration; showcasing the cream of the United Kingdom's health care industry. Held in London on 16th March, the nominees for each of the five awards - Export Achievement, Innovation, Growth in Sector, Partnership with the NHS and Start Up - were made up of winners from the regional Medilink Awards selected by a panel of sector specialists from the 12 UK regions.

The UK Trade & Investment (UKT&I) Export Achievement Award was won by Yorkshire based company Inditherm Medical for their outstanding performance in international trade. Over the last year the company, who specialise in designing and manufacturing heating and warming products for use in operating theatres, recovery rooms, Accident & Emergency departments, delivery suites and veterinary surgeries, have increased their export sales by 338 percent; 80 percent of which has been generated by accessing new markets.

Speaking about his award Inditherm's Chief Executive, Nick Bettles, stated: "We were delighted to have been selected as the winner of the prestigious Medilink UK Export Achievement Award. Inditherm's innovative technology is helping to deliver better patient care, in addition to significantly reducing the costs of preventing intra-operative hypothermia. Our strong overseas performance reflects the efforts of our international distributors and the support they receive from our dedicated team here in the UK. To be recognised with this award, after winning the regional heat with Medilink Yorkshire and Humber, is a real achievement for Inditherm's medical business. We would like to thank Medilink for the help they have given us over the years, and UKTI for their support in our export activities."

Birmingham-based The Binding Site Ltd., who has developed Freelite, a unique immuno-assay used for the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple myeloma cancer cells found in bone marrow, won the Health Technologies KTN Innovation Award. The innovative device has made such an impact on the health care world that national and international guidelines on the treatment of multiple myeloma now include Freelite results as a requirement for monitoring the treatment of patients.

Winner of the BERR - Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform - Growth in Sector Award was Tynetec Ltd. Throughout 2008 the North East based company, who design and manufacture social alarms, telecare sensors and access control systems, has increased its turnover by 29,9 percent demonstrating a strong business strategy, product innovation and customer partnership. Dedicated to high-quality manufacturing, their entire product range is designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom using state-of-the-art technologies.

Finally the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Research Start Up Award was presented to Nottingham-based 4FX Healthcare Ltd. The baby health care product range includes the award winning baby nasal aspirator designed to safely clear congestion from babies' noses. Since 2006 the company has doubled their turn over, increased profit by 217 percent and last year won the Queens Award for Enterprise.

Medilink UK is a national network of regionally-based independent organisations working for a common goal of raising the profile of the medical and health care sectors in the United Kingdom. The network, which spans the entire UK, is made up from the following associations: BioBusiness NI, Health Technologies KTN, Erbi, Medilink East Midlands, Medilink North West, MediWales, Medilink Yorkshire and Humber, Medilink West Midlands, and SEHTA.

Source: Home Telehealth Limited

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