Supporting the UK Patient with a Long-Term Condition: Policy, Strategy, Education, and Telehealth
The sheer number of people with a long-term condition requiring care in the community continues to grow, but the number of health professionals available to provide the care is declining. Even with a current National Health Service (NHS) workforce of around 1.3 million, a number exceeded only by the Chinese Army and the shopping chain Wal-Mart, the NHS is struggling to meet the current demand on resources, let alone the demands of the future. The financial cost to the NHS in 2008 was approaching £2 billion/week.8
KeywordsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease National Health Service Ally Health Professional Picture Archive Communication System National Health Service Health
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Information and Communication Technology
Knowledge and Skills Framework
National Health Service
National Programme for Information Technology
Scottish Center for Telehealth
Telecare Services Association
Welsh Assembly Government
The whole scope of information and communication technology usage in health and health care.
The use of technology to aid patient assessment diagnosis and interpretation of information, for example, in the form of X-rays or scans. Tele-education involves the use of communications technology for the purpose of learning and can be used by patients or health professionals.
The delivery of medical services at a distance such as consultation with a clinician between the patient’s home and the doctor’s surgery or even a facility in a different part of the country, using visual technology such as a web cam placed in the patient’s home and a computer screen in the doctor’ surgery or hospital.
Associated with telehomecare and telesupport and is the process of using monitoring equipment placed in the patient’s home that can record information such as blood pressure or weight measurement which is relayed via a standard telephone line to the doctor, nurse, or other health-care professional.
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