|Vol. 9 No. 14, July 4, 2012
Fact and Stats
A study of the effects of telehealth on mortality and the use of secondary care, published recently in the British Medical Journal, further confirms telehealth's effectiveness in improving outcomes and avoiding the need for emergency hospital care for patients with long-term conditions.
The study - one of the largest ever conducted on telehealth - was led by researchers at the Nuffield Trust, and assessed the impact of telehealth on hospital use for 3,230 patients with long term conditions (diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or heart failure) over one year.
Patients were randomly split into two groups, with 1,570 patients given telehealth solutions and taught how to monitor their condition at home, transmitting data to health care professionals; while 1,584 control patients received traditional care. The results showed that, compared with the control group, telehealth delivered:
These differences remained significant after adjusting for several factors that could have influenced the results, according to the study's authors.
45% reduction in mortality rate,
20% reduction in emergency admissions,
15% fewer A&E visits,
14% reduction in bed days; and
8% reduction in tariff costs.
Source: Effect of Telehealth on Use of Secondary Care and Mortality: Findings from the Whole System Demonstrator Cluster Randomised Trial
Date: June 21, 2012
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