What do we mean by remote monitoring (telehealth)?
A carefully managed service remotely monitoring patients at regular intervals and providing medical professionals with easy access to their data has wide ranging benefits for clinicians, patients and the health service as a whole.
Remote monitoring (telehealth) can improve condition management for both patients and clinicians by providing care closer to home, enhancing the quality of life and outcomes for patients and delivering a more efficient health service through patient self-management and fewer hospitalisations.
Why is remote monitoring (telehealth) important?
Remote monitoring (telehealth) addresses the growing demographic and financial pressures facing health services:
At present there are 15.4 million people in the UK with a long term condition. By 2025 this is set to rise to 18 million, forcing a shift towards earlier detection and better prevention as a more effective form of care.
There is a predicted 60% increase in the population aged 65 and over in the UK over the next 25 years. This ageing population will place higher demands on public services, with individuals less likely to have the support of an extended family while expecting quality and service.
Declining birth rates are predicted, which in turn will lead to fewer recruits available to take up care roles.