NHS patients with chronic heart problems are currently taking part in a remote monitoring trial run by Wakefield District Community Healthcare (WDCHS).
The trial enables patients to communicate remotely from their home directly with the hospital and heart specialist, therefore reducing the need for repeat visits to their local healthcare centre.
Called ‘Intel Health Guide’, patients are issued with a device which they simply hook up to their broadband to communicate with the NHS. The device gathers data about the patient such as oxygen levels, blood pressure and weight and then sends the data to the hospital.
Wakefield District Community Healthcare is currently working with BT who provides and maintains all the equipment used in the trials.
David Ward, one of WDCHS’s patients said:
“Because of the confidence I have in this system, I’ve started to walk small distances again – I’d go as far as saying it’s give me a new lease of life”.
Could this be the new way forward for the NHS to monitor patients?