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Telehealth Could Help PCTs Provide NHS Health Checks
GPs with uncertain funding for disease screening could get help from telehealth technology
Pulse, a magazine for GPs, reported a number of PCTs may need to alter their Health Check spending, but Telehealth Solutions’ CardioPod could make it easier.
It’s an iPad-like device nurses can use to measure all the vital signs and lifestyle information needed for an NHS Health Check.
The ‘Pod provides results at the point of care and uses them to calculate a user’s risk of cardiovascular disease, then forwards the information to GPs and other services.
Results can, after being reviewed by practice staff, be uploaded directly to the practice management system as Read Codes.
If, at the end of the test, a user wants to attend smoking cessation or weight management services, their results can be automatically sent to the relevant group.
Their current cardiovascular disease risk is calculated and shown to them as a visual diagram, to portray the danger in a meaningful and striking way.
The CardioPod takes half the staff and half the time to complete an NHS Health Check, it’s estimated, with one nurse taking just 15-20 minutes to complete a check.
We estimate that saves 75% from the cost of providing NHS Health Checks, or £200,000 from the 25,000 each PCT has been instructed to provide by April 2012.
Telehealth Solutions' Executive Chairman, Jeremy Cummin explained, ‘at the end of the day, risk of stroke or heart disease is an abstract thing that’s difficult to get people thinking about.
‘But if we can keep PCTs providing Health Checks, to more people and at lower cost, we can get more people to take their health seriously, and save more lives.’
‘If this technology is what’s necessary to completely change the landscape of heart disease in the future, I can’t think of a more vital component to the NHS’
Page Updated Last on: Feb 11, 2011