Telemonitoring involves remotely monitoring patients who are not at the same location as the health care provider. A patient has a number of monitoring devices at home, the results of these devices will be sent via telephone to the health care provider. It is a convenient way for patients to avoid travel and to perform some of the more basic work of healthcare for themselves.
Telemonitoring NI is the largest telemonitoring service in the UK and Northern Ireland. The service, provided by TF3 in conjunction with the five health and social care trusts, is transforming the care of 1000 people with long-term conditions, and is set to benefit up to 20,000 people over six years by enabling better control over their own health and improving care outcomes. Telemonitoring helps patients and families become active participants in their care and also provides a patient’s clinical team with accurate and timely information to support clinical decisions and interventions.
View the video as Telemonitoring NI user, Michael Howard who has emphysema - a long-term, progressive disease of the lungs that primarily causes shortness of breath talks to Eddie Ritson, Programme Director, Centre for Connected Health & Social Care about how telemonitoring has benefitted him.
“Taking my readings is such a simple process but one that gives me huge benefits as it is an early warning system to me and also for the specialist nurses in charge of my care. Without telemonitoring I would be running back and forward to the GPs' surgery all the time to have things checked out." he explained.
"Having my signs monitored by a nurse means any changes in my condition are dealt with immediately and this has prevented me from being admitted to hospital – in the past I've had to spend six days in hospital any time I'm admitted with a chest infection. The telemonitoring is not only reassuring for me, it also gives me more control over managing my own condition and as a result I have less upheaval in my life, and I'm less of a cost to the health care system. Most importantly, it gives me peace of mind and one less thing to worry about at my age."