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NHS 'Failing' 100,000 at Risk of Heart Disease – But Telehealth Could Help
Telehealth could help the NHS screen over 100,000 people at elevated risk of heart disease - who are currently going unseen
The RCP urged the NHS to test thousands who may have inherited high cholesterol, yet a CardioPod checks for this in just 20 minutes, and sends results instantly to a GP.
A nurse can use the iPad-like CardioPod to measure cholesterol, blood pressure and more, as well as lifestyle information like physical activity, diet and smoking status.
By offering fast, easy screening wherever it’s most convenient for users, the CardioPod means public health providers can offer checks to more people.
Setting up outside Sainsbury’s or a local rugby game allows primary care trusts and local authorities to target those who might be too busy to visit their GP for a test.
The ‘Pod takes half the staff and half the time needed to provide a check manually, customer PCTs estimate – saving 75% from the cost of providing screening.
Using the CardioPod could save £52,000 from the cost of screening just 6,000 participants, or £8 per check, estimates suggest.
Jeremy Cummin, Telehealth Solutions’ Executive Chairman posited, ‘the emerging paradigm in healthcare is preventive medicine: preventing disease before it arises.
‘In short, simple lifestyle changes today can save someone from a debilitating disease ten or twenty years from now’
‘If the CardioPod makes it easier for more people to take that first step, all of the efficiency and cost saving it provides can only be second to that ability – saving lives’