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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

PharmaTimes Online Telehealth does produce savings, pilot shows

Results of a hub pilot in Yorkshire show that telehealth can reduce hospital admissions, provide care at home and improve patient outcomes, says a new report.

The Yorkshire and Humber Telehealth Hub was set up 2010 with the aim of demonstrating the benefits of delivering telehealth at scale to patients with chronic conditions. Outcomes from the patient point of view have, so far, been overwhelmingly positive, with decreased hospital admissions, care delivered at home and greater patient satisfaction ratings, says health policy think tank 2020health, which has evaluated the outcomes of the pilot.

However, it also says that, in retrospect, the timeframe for the pilot scheme was overly ambitious, as important obstacles prevented the services reaching as many patients as the Hub had envisaged.