Landmark UK Study Shows Telehealth Cuts Patient Deaths by 45 Percent

In what’s being called the largest ever study on telehealth, it was found that the use of which cut overall patient mortality rates by an astounding 45%.

The study took place over a three-year period and covered nearly 6,200 patients in three cities suffering from one of three primary conditions: diabetes, heart failure or COPD.  The study also showed that telehealth reduced emergency visits by 15%, cut emergency admissions by 20%, slashed elective admissions by 14%, decreased bed days by 14% and shaved tariff costs by 8%.

These are pretty powerful results that show just how important telehealth can be in reducing costs for healthcare organizations and — more importantly — improving care and overall outcomes for patients.  Building on the data uncovered in this study, Britain’s Department of Health has indicated it now wants to install remote patient monitoring in the homes of 3 million patients.

The project, being called “3Million Lives,” is still in its very infant stages, with the Department of Health admitting that a detailed plan including who will provide the technology, which patients will participate and which hospitals will provide the monitoring services hasn’t been decided just yet.  Still, it’s a massive undertaking and one that could drastically change healthcare in the UK.  We’ll be following this initiative closely.

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