Health and wellbeing
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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
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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