Telemedicine (Digital Care Hub)
Trust’s Telemedicine Experience
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is an acute care provider with a unique range of digital healthcare solutions, which have been developed by our consultants working closely with our patients’. Our clinicians work hard to understand patients needs and are truly committed to continually improving the quality and safety of our patients’ experience. We have developed our digital healthcare services over the last 12 years and our telemedicine experience over the last 7 years.
Our telemedicine service is available to patients with the kit twenty-four-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
How telehealth can help you
Some of the most pressing challenges facing the UK today are the increasing costs of healthcare, finite budgets and an ageing population. We believe that one of the options to support change will be the improved use and adoption of healthcare technologies such as telehealth. Telehealth allows healthcare professionals to provide patient care from a remote location.
We are specifically focusing on using technologies to drive better patient experience in healthcare. Through reducing inefficiencies we can improve the care delivered to patients, lessen health inequalities and prevent unnecessary costs; particularly for those patients living with long term conditions.
NHS Yorkshire and Humber have therefore developed a regional innovation fund project to support a range of different telehealth solutions and to provide a full end-to-end service to support new care pathways incorporating assistive technology.
We recognise that one size does not fit all, and that technology solutions – and their surrounding support structures – need to be flexible to patient need. Using these methodologies and knowledge we are able to deliver a different model of care.
What is Digital Healthcare?
Digital Healthcare uses information technology and services, to help address some of the challenges faced by an aging population and to support people to live independently with clinical support.
Terminology often used are explained below:
Telehealth uses electronic information and telecommunications technologies to provide long-distance healthcare and professional health related education, and support public health. It is a generic terms and includes Telemedicine, Telemonitoring and Telecoaching.
Telemonitoring allows patients to be monitored remotely, for example in their own home, using a range of monitoring tools to capture physiological measurements, such as blood pressure, and send the results to a different location for review – normally via a supplier’s intranet link.
Telecoaching uses one-to-one audio, visual and/or interactive communications to support healthcare / social care in the community, encouraging the promotion of self care and improving the management of conditions.
Telemedicine provides remote video consultations between healthcare professionals and patients either in patients’ own homes, nursing homes, hospitals to GPs or hospitals to prisons. It helps to reduce patients’ lengths of stay in hospital and also supports care outside hospital, including early discharge, or avoids unnecessary visits and admissions to hospital.