Telehealth is the broad term that refers to the use of technology to enable the remote monitoring and delivery of healthcare. For many people, being diagnosed with a long term condition has a huge impact on their lives. Often, the symptoms associated with the condition are only part of what affects an individual's life – many people lose confidence and grow anxious when they think their condition is getting worse.
Telehealth can support people with long term conditions to take control or regain their independence. It allows them to take their own vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure, as well as answer a series of questions about their condition. These details are then sent to a clinician who can monitor an individual's health remotely and react accordingly.
There is currently a telehealth project based within Dalmellington Medical Practice supporting 20 people to manage their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at home using a Telehealth POD (which resembles an iPad). All information they input is sent to the Clinical User Interface (CUI) based in the GP Practice, where results are checked. Any individuals displaying any cause for concern would then be contacted by phone by a clinician and if required, a visit would be arranged either by the community nurse or GP.
Living it Up
Living it Up is an exciting new digital service to help you get more out of life and stay happier, healthier and safer. You'll find out about local services, products and social activities to support your health, care, wellbeing and personal interests.
There are four ways that Living it Up can give you more:
- discover what groups, events and social activities are available in your local area
- connect with your community and loved ones using technology
- flourish provides information and advice from trusted sources to help you lead a healthier lifestyle and if you have a long-term condition, it’s a place where you can share advice with other people in the same situation as you
- shine can provide you with inspiring opportunities available on your doorstep helping you make more of your talents
Join Living it Up to get the know how to keep well.
Smartcare is a programme that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of over-50s in Scotland and across Europe using digital tools and services. East Ayrshire are partners in the Smartcare project, and we are looking for volunteers who:
- Are aged 50+, or are living with a long-term condition
- Use a computer, tablet or smart phone
- Are interested in helping us test and develop some new ‘smart’ online services, focussing on the prevention and management of falls
If you are interested, or are aware of any individuals or groups that may be interested in participating, or if you would like further information, please contact us.
More information on the Smartcare project can be viewed on the Living it Up website.