Tunstall Healthcare is calling on health and social care leaders to invest in technological solutions in order to protect vulnerable people as winter approaches.
The company said technological solutions will have a major role to play in reducing pressures on health and social care services in the coming months, by enabling providers to monitor service users remotely when carers aren’t around.
This then allows for early intervention and the prevention of hospital admissions.
Zillah Moore, director at Tunstall Healthcare, commented: “As identified by The Academy of Medical Sciences, this winter could see health and social care services facing four acute pressures; rising cases of COVID-19, disruption of the NHS, a backlog of routine care, and flu season coinciding with the current pandemic.
“With forecasts of unprecedented pressure on the NHS this winter, the role of robust remote patient monitoring solutions has never been better recognised, nor the need for them more acute.”
Tunstall Healthcare’s RPM platform comprises three technological solutions which enable remote health monitoring.
The ICP triagemanager portal enables remote monitoring; risk stratification and management of patients by clinical and service teams through customised or pre-approved questionnaire templates; a traffic light-prioritisation system that triages patients to identify those most in need of intervention; video conferencing which allows communication without the need for face-to-face contact; and a library of educational content that can be made available to patients to improve their awareness and responsibility for health management.
Zillah continued: “This winter is likely to place unique pressures on our health and social care services, with the COVID-19 virus co-circulating with seasonal flu and other illnesses. These pressures can create risks to the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our society and those who care for them.
“It’s therefore crucial that investment in technological solutions increases to support the continued provision of effective care delivery and mitigate the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as we move into the winter months.”
Tunstall’s Connected Care and Health solutions have been developed to deliver intelligent care models that ensure people can get the help they need in an emergency, and that their health and care needs can be remotely monitored.
The next innovation, Tunstall Cognitive Care, uses data-driven insights from multiple sources to help providers adapt the way care is delivered in response to shifting population health trends.