New website shows health benefits

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A NEW website has been launched by NHS North Yorkshire and York to demonstrate the positive impact a new system is having on patients with long term conditions in the area.

The website, which features videos of local patients and clinicians speaking about their experiences of Telehealth, aims to help others learn about the new technology and how they could benefit from using it.

Telehealth involves a small, portable electronic unit, roughly the size of a telephone, being installed in a patient’s home and connected to the phone line.

It makes it possible for patients with a long term condition, such as heart failure or diabetes, to better manage their condition from the comfort of their own home. In North Yorkshire and York, Telehealth has already accounted for a 50 per cent reduction in the number of emergency admissions amongst those patients currently using it.

Kerry Wheeler, assistant director of strategy at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: “Much work has been undertaken to ensure Telehealth can be successfully embedded into the local healthcare system and the feedback from those using it has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Over 350 patients in the area have now been referred to Telehealth and we needed a way for other patients and clinicians to hear about their experiences. We felt the development of a dedicated website was a good way to facilitate this.”

The project is the largest of its kind in Western Europe, with a total of 2,120 Telehealth systems planned for use.

Go to www.nyytelehealth.co.uk to find out more about the system.