For millions of people every year the reality of living with a Long Term Condition, such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and COPD can mean frequent hospital visits and stays, time off work and in many cases a reduced life expectancy.
An article that we recently read - Telehealth & Telemedicine: By the Numbers shows some very interesting statistics related to Telehealth & Telemedicine – such as – The average reduction in mortality rates in the U.S.A. due to the use of telehealth systems is a staggering 22%.
To put this in context for people suffering LTC in the U.K. which could be monitored and helped by Telehealth & Telemedicine -
- At least 25,000 people die each year as a result of COPD and at least 6 in 10 of these people will suffer depression and/or anxiety.
- At least 1 in 20 adults in UK have hypertension – rising to around 50% of people over 65 years, which equates to around 5 million people.
- Around 2 in 3 adults will suffer from at least one episode of depression at some point in their lives.
- There are 2.9 million people in the U.K. who have been diagnosed with diabetes.