Barnsley (UK) rolls out more telehealth devices

Barnsley PCT, one of the first to undertake a substantial pilot trial of the Docobo doc@HOME system (Telecare Aware August 2006) has announced that it is to roll it out to more patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic heart failure (CHF) and various clients receiving palliative care. It will also be undertaking an extensive research trial to examine the benefits in more detail with a view to further expanding the implementation of the system across other clinical areas.

The introduction of the system has received positive feedback from Barnsley’s Community Matron Team which monitors clients with long term conditions. A spokesperson for the team commented: “The introduction of the system has enabled the team to be alerted to patients concerns regarding their condition earlier, which enables us to reprioritise our visits, allowing earlier intervention to prevent the condition from worsening.” Barnsley PCT press release.

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