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Innovating with what you have: better healthcare with existing technology

Senior Account Executive Will Taylor talks us through a case study in applying established technology to healthcare problems in an innovative way.
The healthcare industry has traditionally been slow to adopt new technologies. Despite investing heavily in diagnosis and treatment technology within hospitals (such as scanning devices and surgical robots), the uptake of tech within healthcare outside of hospitals, for use in secondary and follow-up care (such as personal smartphones and their applications) has been relatively low. This may due to patient ability or an industry aversion to early adoption, but there is another, often overlooked option available: using existing, established technology to improve patient outcomes through innovative services.

Case Study: Telephony patient service improves COPD outcomes

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust together identified a need to help patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to self-manage the disease so they could live their lives more freely. Patients (usually elderly) were presenting themselves in A&E with symptoms too minor to warrant a hospital stay, or too late, with clinicians having missed an opportunity for earlier, possibly life-saving, intervention.

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20th August 2015

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