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Telecare and telemedicine can improve health outcomes and save money, argued the Prime Minister late last year. The Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme was set up by the Department of Health to attempt to, amongst other things, explore the evidence base as to the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these technologies.
The findings were striking. “If delivered properly, telehealth can substantially reduce mortality, reduce the need for admissions to hospital, lower the number of bed days spent in hospital and reduce the time spent in A&E” argued the DH.
The randomised control trial of over 6,000 patients found that if delivered properly, telehealth can deliver:
45% reduction in mortality rates
20% reduction in emergency admissions
15% reduction in A&E visits
14% reduction in elective admissions
14% reduction in bed days
8% reduction in tariff costs
Yet whilst claims about the potential of technology have been made for many years, embedding such technologies into people’s homes and lives has proved difficult.
The usability and accessibility of new technologies, the digital divide, a lack of funding for prevention, and a lack of trust and knowledge among healthcare professionals are among the many reasons why new technologies have sometimes failed to meet their potential.
At this event, Leela Damodaran, discussed how research into new technologies can help us age well and provide an overview of NDA research findings. She also highlight how we can most effectively deliver new technology.
Speakers presented the current evidence base in relation to the cost effectiveness of healthcare technologies.
ILC-UK presented findings of new work, supported by Nominet Trust, which will explore whether we can nudge people online.
As well as the debate, there were a number of Technology Showcases: Mappmal: hospitalfoodie; SomnIA; Design for Ageing Well; TACT3; Envision to envisage; Making the Kitchen Easier; NANA; Keeping Older People Connected; Safety on Stairs
Agenda from the event
15.00 – 16.30
16.30 – 16.35
Baroness Sally Greengross – Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre – UK
16.35 – 16.40
Alan Walker - Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology, Director of the New Dynamics
16.40 – 17.00
Mark Hawley – Professor of Health Service Research, University of Sheffield
17.00 – 17.10
Dr Nick Goodwin – Senior Fellow, Health Policy, The King’s Fund
17.10 – 17.25
Leela Damodaran – Professor of Participative Design and Change Management, Loughborough University
17.25 – 17.35
David Sinclair – Assistant Director, Research and Strategy, International Longevity Centre – UK
17.35 – 18.25
Discussion and Debate
18.25 – 18.30
Close - Baroness Sally Greengross – Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre – UK
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