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.
On the 1st February 2012 at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre, close to The Houses of Parliament in London, the Long – Term Conditions 2012 Conference gets underway. Come and see us on Stand 3.
A “not to be missed” event if you are a senior health and social care professional wanting to gain a comprehensive insight into Government plans for Long Term Care Conditions.
Long Term Conditions Conference at QEII Conference Centre, London 1st February 2012
With around 350 senior clinical and service managers attending this year’s event, it’s a great opportunity to mingle, share views and discuss with your peers, how care for patients with long term conditions is taking shape.
MultiSense Communications will be there supporting the conference and demonstrating our technologies that can really make a difference by further improving care and outcomes, reducing costs and helping to improve Consultant’s and Clinician’s productivity. Our high performance technology enables remote face to face consultations using specialist camera technologies.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that as part of the Life Sciences program, 3 million people will be given access to telehealth technology in their homes. Currently in the UK there are more than 15 million people who suffer from conditions that cannot be cured, but can be managed through medication. It is these patients who can be remotely monitored by doctors and nurses who will be able to view patient’s vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar levels. These patients take up three quarters of all in-patient bed days, two thirds of all outpatient appointments and more than half of all GP visits, accounting for around 70 per cent of the total spend on health and social care.
In a keynote speech, David Cameron said: “This is going to make an extraordinary difference to people. Diabetics taking their blood sugar levels at home, and having them checked by a nurse. Heart patients having their blood pressure and pulse rate checked without leaving their home. Dignity, convenience and independence for millions.”