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Studies highlight need for more commitment in telehealth policy

A new report has warned that the UK government’s plans, to rollout telehealth and telecare systems to 3 million NHS patients in coming years, are in danger of failing, unless a more radical approach is taken. 

The complex relationship between health, social care services, the NHS and local authorities requires urgent attention, or it could jeopardise the implementation of telehealth services, according to researchers at Imperial College Business School.

The report urges a more committed approach to encourage the adoption of telehealth and telecare, which would allow doctors to monitor millions of patients remotely from their homes, with billions in savings for the NHS. Current policy, warns the report, is in danger of resulting in a loss of confidence for both NHS and remote care industry. 

"If you speak, as we have, with companies gearing up for Britain's 'Remote Care' revolution, the levels of scepticism are unmistakeable and worrying," said Professor James Barlow, of Imperial College Business School. He continued:  

"Faith in the future is shaky. If the remote care revolution is to take off, shifting healthcare out of hospitals and into homes, we will need more action than is currently proposed under government policy.

"Current political commitment, though considerable, is insufficient to achieve a great potential prize - a more rational, higher quality, perhaps even cheaper, health and social care system, and a vibrant UK export industry based on remote care technology."

The Imperial study is not the only report to raise concerns about Telehealth policy; the Digital Policy Alliance last month also issued a report which warned that the UK lacks the skills and knowledge of the capabilities and use of telehealth systems. It also highlighted the lack of multi-agency coordination and responsibility to ensure high quality patient care. The report found that the single biggest barrier to telehealth and telecare adoption was proving the benefits, financial and otherwise,  to GP practices and social services.  

 

Telehealth and Telecare are central to wound management, which is the focus of an open ‘challenge-led’ event, “Technology gaps in wound management: are you up for the challenge,” in Leeds on 4 March 2013. Find out more here.

 
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