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Title: The state of telehealth and telecare in the UK: prospects for integrated care
Authors: Goodwin, Nick
Keywords: Integrated Care
Year: 2010
Citation: Volume 18, Issue 6, pp. 3 - 10
Abstract: Telehealth and telecare innovations have the potential to improve quality of life, reduce unnecessary hospital and care home admissions, and support care integration by providing care and disease management from multi‐disciplinary care teams linked remotely to users. About 1.7 million people benefit from telecare services in the UK, but telehealth services have only around 5000 users, many of whom receive services through the Department of Health's Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) Pilot Programme. There is an identifiable chasm between early adopters and wider uptake of telehealth and telecare solutions. Key barriers include lack of robust evidence on cost‐effectiveness, of a consumer market and of interoperability of the technology between service sectors, and the implications for professionals and organisations of changing their established methods of practice. Telehealth and telecare could be combined to provide a common platform to integrate care for people requiring both health and social care support, but relatively few people are judged suitable for joint care. This is related both to the nature of the technology and the profile of those people who can use it, and to the different ways in which health and social care systems assess who is most 'at risk', which makes it difficult to assess which individuals might best benefit from an integrated response to their care needs. While there is considerable interest and policy momentum behind the adoption and diffusion of telehealth and telecare in England, more understanding of their benefits is required to convince commissioners and providers of its potential.
ISSN: 1476-9018
Journal Title: Journal of Integrated Care
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