Telehealth Solutions, who produce a range of technology enabled care services, have announced the addition of a CareHomePod to their product range. The CareHomePod, which complements their existing HomePod and SurgeryPod, is designed to monitor patients within a multi resident environment.
The service allows for the creation of a detailed clinical summary for each resident and comes with a range of medical devices such as a glucometer with blood ketone meter, pulse oximeter, thermometer, scales and sphygmomanometer. The devices are used daily to monitor and record patients’ vital signs allowing for the early identification of clinical risk. The CareHomePod also has bespoke protocols for patients suffering from conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s), Hypertension, Type 1 Diabetes and Postural Hypertension along with a video conferencing feature for remote clinical consultations.
Telehealth Solutions, whose product range is designed to allow people to proactively monitor and manage their own health, is passionate about driving integration across health and social care.
With over 21,000 nursing and residential homes in the UK and more than 430,000 residents, greater support is required to reduce the number of hospital admissions and take the pressure off the NHS. In 2014/2015, over 22,000 emergency admissions were made from care homes.
Dr Julian Neal, Medical Director, Telehealth Solutions said ‘Having spent over 30 years as an NHS GP, I am fully aware of the difficulties faced by NHS staff when addressing the needs of a frail elderly population. Decisions are often made to visit, or admit an elderly patient with insufficient clinical information but the CareHomePod will provide this invaluable health data on patients resulting in a more informed decision. It provides an early warning of deteriorating health and can release much needed time for hard working staff in Primary and Community Care as well as increasing communication and integrations between all parts of the local health service.’
Clinical data from the Pod can be sent directly to GPs and stored on their Practice Electronic Clinical Record, allowing GPs and health care provides access to a plethora of residents’ health data. The data is key to early identification of a developing clinical risk and also enables GPs and paramedics to make informed decisions about transferring residents to hospital, in and out of hours.
Telehealth Solutions also offer a centrally managed clinical service which complements local health and social care services and can reduce care home visits by GPs and community teams.
Pete Kerly, Telehealth Solutions Managing Director said ‘The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines have emphasised that nursing and residential homes need to be proactive in their care planning and the CareHomePod can help them do that while reliving the strain on the Health and Social Care environment. The Pod gives residents increased confidence and peace of mind that their vital signs are being taken regularly and monitored and can result in reduced GP visits and unplanned hospital admissions.’
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