Abstract

This is one of a suite of case studies designed to increase awareness of schemes to move healthcare closer to home. Telehealth monitoring in patients’ homes in Barnsley helps reduce hospital readmissions and length of stay by enabling patients to better understand their illness and take more responsibility for managing their long-term conditions at home. Important features include remote data-monitoring and close partnership working with the local authority. A telehealth unit is installed in the patient’s home and they are trained to upload daily data on their vital sign readings, including blood pressure, concentration of oxygen in the blood and weight. Telehealth is integrated with the local authority's Independent Living at Home service and aims to provide seamless social care as well as healthcare.