NHS Somerset’s £1.2m 4,000 patient Telecare project replaces expensive Tunstall Boxes with Smartphones

Dr Sarah Pearce, GP, Springmead Surgery explains the value mHealth affords patients over and above the static eHealth alternatives:

Some patients have said they prefer using mobile phones instead of the previous Tunstall system which used a “box” located in the living room… …you have people round and they can see the box, whereas this just looks like a mobile phone and doesn’t label them as having an illness… …Patients can take it away for the weekend, because it is very light, very mobile. If you had a patient who wanted to maintain their independence, they could take it to the shops and it could monitor their condition while they are out shopping

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3 Responses to NHS Somerset’s £1.2m 4,000 patient Telecare project replaces expensive Tunstall Boxes with Smartphones

  1. telecare says:

    This non-intrusive and cost effective telecare service promotes self-care and supports people in maintaining their independence; it allows you to be actively involved in caring for your loved ones and whether you live close by or some distance away it is reassuring to know that you will be contacted if they do not answer their call.http://www.telecaretechnology.com

  2. telecare says:

    This non-intrusive and cost effective telecare service promotes self-care and supports people in maintaining their independence; it allows you to be actively involved in caring for your loved ones and whether you live close by or some distance away it is reassuring to know that you will be contacted if they do not answer their call.

  3. Hi “telecare”,

    Check out the SeNCit Mobile Connected Care Monitor from SendTech:

    http://www.sendtech.co.uk/SeN-Cit/index.shtml

    Several advantages over an automated caller service including:

    > Avoids the need for automated callers and the fatigue that patients can experience with long term use of these

    > Prevents seniors feeling annoyed/inconvenienced by the need to go and answer a fixed line phone

    > Can monitor for intruders in the event a patient leaves the home

    > Can automatically monitor for and report on power outs

    > Can automatically monitor for and report on temperature variations outside preset parameters

    > Can monitor for nocturnal urination frequency (biggest risk factor for Hip Fractures)

    > Value for money. I see the TelecareTechnology offering is only £2 per week – because it’s 100% automated the SenCit even beats that!

    Let me know if you’d like an introduction to Mark or Helen at SendTech, they’re also based in the UK and are looking for more distributors.

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