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Telemonitoring hailed a success on first anniversary

One year after its launch, the remote telemonitoring programme continues to grow and will benefit 20,000 patients by 2018.
Thursday, 6 December 2012

That was the message from Health Minister Edwin Poots as he visited the Triage Centre at the Fold Housing Association to view the Telehealth equipment and see a demonstration of the Telehealth system used by the triage nurses.

Speaking during the anniversary event, the Minister said: “Telemonitoring NI continues to grow and expand. To date, over 1,000 patients benefit from the programme and our aim is to have 20,000 patients enrolled by 2018. The programme can help to give thousands of people greater control over managing their condition. For many, mobility is problematic, so having the facility to monitor their vital signs at home brings its advantages.”

Telemonitoring allows patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart and respiratory conditions, to take their vital signs from home. The readings are automatically transmitted and monitored by a triage team. If a patient’s readings cause concern a nurse will contact them by phone to offer advice.

The Minister continued: “It means less upheaval in terms of visits to GPs. More regular monitoring by health professionals enables earlier interventions which can help to prevent deterioration and acute illness, which ultimately leads to reduced numbers of hospital admissions. And it also provides reassurance and support for family members and carers, knowing that chronic health conditions are being proactively monitored.

“I was pleased to learn that Telemonitoring NI achieved considerable success at the recent prestigious Telecare Services Association Crystal Awards, winning both the innovation award and the overall award in telehealth. This is an outstanding achievement, which shows that Northern Ireland is very much at the forefront in this area of healthcare technology and service change and I would like to congratulate all involved in helping to gain this recognition. It is a fitting milestone in the first year of our telemonitoring service, and we all look forward to its continued success and growth in the years to come.

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