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Telecare provider 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 UK-based pioneering software, hardware and services company has developed a sophisticated remote patient monitoring (RPM) platform, which can support vulnerable people in their community, enabling early interventions to avoid the need for more complex care.

This solution is part of Tunstall’s range of COVID-19 propositions that seek to either support individuals in the care system directly or provide solutions for the NHS, local authorities and housing associations.

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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 unique technological solutions, which facilitate sophisticated 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.

“We’ve also introduced two unique apps, the single-user myMobile, and multi-use myKiosk,” continued Zillah. “The applications have been specifically designed to support both individuals in their community, and residents in group living environments.

“The apps are easy to use and intuitive and enable patient engagement in the management of long-term conditions, alongside the effective transmission of data between patients and clinicians.”

Tunstall Healthcare MyAmie imageZillah added that COVID-19 co-circulating with seasonal flu and other illnesses is likely to place unprecedented pressure on the UK’s health and social care services, which could create risks to the health and wellbeing of vulnerable people 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,” Zillah said.

Tunstall Healthcare notes that technological solutions can greatly reduce pressures on the UK’s services by providing predictive solutions which enable health and social care providers to identify those most at risk across a range of settings.

Tunstall’s Connected Care and Health solutions have been developed to deliver intelligent care models that ensure people can easily 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, creating an integrated, robust and evolving healthcare system.

Tunstall Healthcare works with social care providers, healthcare services, housing and retirement living providers and charities in 15 countries, improving the lives of more than five million people, including those living with dementia, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and long-term health conditions.

In collaboration with Public Policy Projects (PPP), Tunstall Healthcare recently published a report, which called for the UK health and care system to embrace the rapid implementation of digital technology seen over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and speed up the uptake of TECS across the system.

The report closely examines the progress of digital innovation in healthcare over the past five months with specific regard to telehealth, telecare, telemedicine and assistive technologies. After evaluating this information, the document makes a series of recommendations to help speed up the widespread adoption of TECS across health and care.

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