Listen to this audio slideshow with Xavier Chitnis, who discusses the effect of telehealth alerts on service use.
The Department of Health’s Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) trial – the largest of its kind conducted to date – analysed the effects of telehealth on more than 3,000 patients across three areas in England: Cornwall, Kent and Newham. Researchers at the Nuffield Trust led a key strand of the evaluation – this considered the impact of telehealth on patients’ use of hospital services and mortality rates. The remaining evaluation strands are due to be published shortly.
Although associated with fewer hospital admissions and lower mortality, emerging evaluation results show that telehealth was probably not cost effective at usual thresholds. However, the methodology deployed in the trial – randomised control – continues to raise vital questions about how best to evaluate the impact of fast developing technologies such as telehealth and telecare. With the Department of Health’s 3 Million Lives campaign now being implemented, there is a need to consider how future evaluative studies might best be designed.
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The seminar was chaired by Dr Martin Bardsley, Director of Research, Nuffield Trust.
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