COPD telehealth solution deployed in Oldham

19-Jan-2012

Telehealth system to improve monitoring of COPD patients

NHS Oldham and Oldham Council are working with telehealth supplier, Tunstall, to deploy an advanced solution that will help to support people with long-term conditions.

The programme will involve 150 COPD sufferers, who will use the mymedic solution to remotely monitor vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse rate and blood oxygen levels on a daily basis.

The initiative aims to reduce emergency hospital admissions and the number of home visits made by GPs and other healthcare workers.

Dr Ian Wilkinson, a local GP and accountable officer for Oldham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We believe this scheme is key to improving the way that long-term conditions are managed and will offer care closer to home. It means we can make sure the care that is provided is more efficient, while at the same time improving the effectiveness and the convenience of these services for our patients. This is an important opportunity for advanced technology to improve services and we are confident it will deliver improved health for patients.”

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The programme will initially run in a group of GP practices before being extended later in the year.

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