February is National Heart Month. Dawn Watson, Clinical Lead at Tunstall, describes how telehealth can transform CVD care for both patients and clinicians.
Feb 23, 2021
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the UK’s, and indeed the world’s, number one killer according to the World Health Organisation. There are a number of conditions associated with CVD, e.g.
Many factors can contribute to developing CVD, however, it is possible to reduce the risks, live a healthier life and manage these conditions with some important lifestyle changes and the support of a Healthcare Team and technology.
Telehealth has been around for some years now and its use continues to increase. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in commissioners of services and healthcare professionals having to think differently about services, look for ways to continue to have contact with patients, and monitor and manage a variety of medical conditions including CVD. As a result, the uptake of telehealth (also known as remote patient monitoring) has accelerated rapidly, enabling remote care, and reducing the risk of infection for patients and healthcare teams alike.
Telehealth enables patients to monitor their medical condition at home using devices which provide information to their healthcare team, e.g.
Patients work with healthcare professionals who, with the support of Tunstall, can develop a tailored health programme to suit their needs and help them to maintain or improve their medical condition and understand it better.
Telehealth can help patients by giving them the support to understand how their condition affects them, and can assist them by giving them the confidence to maintain their independence and make good decisions about their health.
It also supports their healthcare team, by providing regular vital signs and symptoms information. This enables them to monitor patients’ conditions without the need for them to attend the surgery for unnecessary appointments. It is also enables them to detect any changes in a patient’s condition at an early stage, and adjust the treatment plan accordingly before their condition worsens. This reduces anxiety and distress for the patient, and can eliminate the need for an urgent appointment, home visit or admission to the hospital.
Telehealth offers an effective means of delivering care for patients with Long Term Conditions such as Cardiovascular Disease/ Heart Failure in their own homes. This has a number of benefits for both patients and clinicians alike e.g:
The Tunstall remote patient monitoring and management platform is a comprehensive and versatile telehealth solution that can be deployed quickly and easily to help you protect vulnerable patients – and your staff.
ICP triagemanager and myMobile enables monitoring of recently discharged patients or self-isolating individuals in the community.