Virtual wards and remote care solutions have developed rapidly during the Covid-19 pandemic to help clinicians monitor patient health at home and reduce the need for hospital visits. This project will assess the impact of remote monitoring (RM) technology on health services and patients to ensure that people with a wide range of conditions can be supported at home and in the community.
Remote monitoring systems are being evaluated across four integrated care systems (ICSs) to explore how they support care pathways for hip/knee replacements with virtual wards, and help people to manage heart palpitations and chronic diseases, including respiratory illnesses and asthma.
This project will result in practical and accessible implementation guidance for healthcare organisations and patients, highlighting how to make best use of remote monitoring, with a focus on the different pilot pathways. It will also support healthcare providers and commissioners looking to implement new remote monitoring pathways, including key factors for consideration during planning, set-up and delivery.
A key part of the work is addressing health inequalities through a better understanding of who is and is not well served by remote monitoring, and how patients are currently assessed, triaged and supported. This includes how sites have engaged hard-to-reach groups.
The four integrated care systems are:
You can read more about this programme on the NIHR ARC EoE website.
To find out more about this programme, contact Sophie Castle-Clarke, Principal Advisor at Eastern AHSN: [email protected].
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