Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Impact of telehealth

Impact of telehealth: The Nuffield Trust has published 'The impact of telehealth on use of hospital care and mortality'. This report evaluates the impact of telehealth on hospital use and mortality from the Department of Health's Whole System Demonstrator pilots. The study found indications of a positive impact on hospital admissions and patient mortality, however, there was less evidence that telehealth will reduce costs. For intervention patients, the overall costs of hospital care (including emergency admissions, elective admissions and outpatient attendances), were £188 per patient less than for those in the control group. However, this cost difference was not statistically significant.CASH News Feed

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