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Mainstreaming Telehealth

Mainstreaming Telehealth workshop at the NHS Confed - 24th June 2010.

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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Mainstreaming Telehealth workshop at the NHS Confed - 24th June 2010.

In the last ten years the NHS has gone through significant periods of change.  None more challenging than the one we face today – how to deliver high quality care in a tight economic climate.

Spending on public services, including the NHS, will no longer grow at the rate we have been used to and coupled with the burden of an ageing population means that limited money and resources have to be spread even thinner. The quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) challenge is a chance to help prepare the NHS for the tough times ahead – an opportunity to look at how we can better use technology to improve quality and productivity, and ultimately make efficiency savings.

Telehealth services for managing long-term conditions have yet to make it to the mainstream, but if adopted, could make a significant contribution to the managing demand generated from the increasing burden of chronic disease.

Dr Justin Whatling, Chief Clinical Officer for BT Health, led a session at this year’s NHS Confederation Annual Conference to explore and discuss the challenges and solutions to move beyond pilots and into the mainstream. Fundamental to success in mainstreaming telehealth will be the business case and how telehealth can demonstrably deliver on QIPP. It is perhaps easy to see how telehealth delivers on Innovation and Prevention, but the session was held to discuss how, if done in the right way, it can also deliver on Quality and Productivity. Justin was joined by a panel of distinguished speakers:

Dr Nicholas Robinson, Associate Clinical Director Long Term Conditions and Telecare, NHS Direct
Angela Single, LTC Innovations Project Manager, NHS Direct
George Macginnis, Telehealth Advisor, PA Consulting
Professor James Barlow, Professor of Technology & Innovation Management, Imperial College Business School and Co-director, HaCIRIC

The session was fully booked and very well attended.

The audience feedback from the session has been documented as separate blog entries for discussion. The feedback is also available to download as a single document in the document section of this network.