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People with cystic fibrosis could be monitored through phone or video messaging says NICE

 

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People with cystic fibrosis could be monitored through phone or video messaging says NICE

Patients with cystic fibrosis could avoid having to travel to specialist clinics if health professionals could monitor them using phone or video messaging.

In its first guideline on cystic fibrosis, NICE recognises that people may need to travel long distances for routine monitoring. This could impact on a person’s daily life the guidance says.

Using phone or video messaging to monitor someone’s condition, also known as telemedicine, is already being used in some clinics NICE says.

It may require patients to be issued with testing equipment, such as spirometry, at home which would incur a small cost. However, this would be offset by the reduced use of busy NHS clinic space.