12 November 2013 – Airedale hospital presents success with Telemedicine to national conference

Posted on November 12, 2013 by AireAdmin

A demonstration of how Airedale Hospital is using telemedicine to keep people out of hospital will be given at a national conference on 20 November.

Chief executive, Bridget Fletcher, and consultant Richard Pope of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust will be presenting a case study to the HSJ Telehealth Conference on 20 November at Dexter House, at Tower Hill in London.

They will be outlining their progress using telemedicine and how they are increasing its use in nursing and residential homes, peoples’ own homes and prisons to reach even more people and help them to manage chronic illness effectively.

Rachel Cashman, head of collaboration for excellence, NHS England will also update delegates on progress with the national initiative – Delivering telehealth to 3 million lives and what could be done to increase the take-up of telehealth.

The event will also explore effective telehealth solutions for out-of-hours surgeries, the risks and opportunities in bringing telehealth to mental health patients and how local authorities and the NHS are working together to provide better quality social care.

The findings of a recent study which looked at nursing and residential homes linked to Airedale Hospital’s 24 hour Telehealth Hub were explained to delegates. It compared a 12 month period before with a 12 month period after telemedicine was used.

The results showed: hospital admissions dropped by 45 percent, length of stay in hospital dropped by 30 percent, the number of hospital bed days used by the group over the year dropped by 60 percent at use of A&E dropped by 69 percent.

Comparative data from residents in care homes that do not use telemedicine shows their hospital admissions increased by 11 percent, length of stay rose by sever percent and total use of bed days increased 18 percent.

Dr Richard Pope, of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “If admissions are reduced by around 20 percent by using telemedicine in this way, this saves the health economy between £310,000 to £1.06m per year.”

“We hope to conduct a formal study with a control group in the near future with more detailed analysis.”

Telemedicine is being rolled out to 50 extra nursing and residential care homes across Bradford on a 15 month trial following a successful bid for £336,000 of non-recurrent funds from Bradford City and Bradford District Care Commissioning Groups. The project will be evaluated by the Yorkshire Health Economics Consortium Ltd and aims to help relieve pressures on urgent care services.