Liberating patients through remote monitoring

March 29, 2017 11:48 am

Seventy pence of every pound the NHS spends goes into managing longterm health problems. Remote monitoring technologies provide a range of possibilities for cost-saving within the NHS, and for improving patients’ health and peace of mind.

For those living with diabetes, asthma or dementia – or recovering from cancer – data provided through smart devices or home hubs, for example, can enable health professionals to remotely monitor a patient’s condition. Interventions can be made early, and potentially costly or traumatic hospital admissions can be avoided.

Service-user involvement is key. Patients and family carers need to be fully invested, in terms of how the data they’re sharing assists in their care. How services are designed is just as important as the tech involved; it’s about equipping health care professionals to make the most appropriate use of data, for patient care.

What this technology does for the NHS is enable it to use resources in a more targeted way. What it does for the individual is liberate them, allowing them to get on with their lives.

Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Senior Advisor to TSA, the industry body for technology enabled care organisations.

This article was first published in a Mediaplanet supplement in the Guardian: