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The pioneering Centre for Telehealth

Finding ways to enable patients with chronic conditions to manage their health more effectively at home is a major goal for the NHS and health services worldwide. Having the ability to remotely measure and monitor a patient’s weight, blood pressure, heart rate or blood sugar – often called ‘telemonitoring’ or ‘telehealth’ – can help to identify problems at an early stage and reduce the need for GP or hospital visits.

The University of Hull is leading the way in this field and has brought together its extensive expertise to create a dedicated Centre for Telehealth.

The centre is undertaking ground-breaking research into the use of remote monitoring technologies for managing heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes and working with both industry and the health service to develop and implement new telemonitoring equipment and services.

It is the clinical lead partner in a major European consortium, led by the medical technology company Royal Philips Electronics that is developing new technology to monitor and support heart failure patients.

Academics from the School of Engineering and the Department of Psychological Health and Wellbeing are part of the European Horizon 2020 project CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD, developing tablet-based self-management and mutual assistance community services for people living with dementia and caregivers.

The centre is currently helping local NHS trusts set up and run new telemonitoring services across the region, working with almost 2,000 patients suffering from heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. This kind of support is something that the centre’s experts hope to offer across the UK as telemonitoring becomes standard – rather than specialist – practice.

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