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Telemedicine for dementia patients could save millions for NHS, research finds

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Expanding telemedicine for dementia patients could save millions of pounds for the NHS and ease pressure on frontline staff, new data has revealed.

Yorkshire based telemedicine service, Immedicare, a telemedicine joint venture between Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Involve Visual Collaboration Ltd, revealed its insights to mark World Alzheimer’s Month.

“Not only are our telemedicine services helping dementia patients receive excellent care and support in the familiar surroundings of their care homes, which is key for many who find hospitals challenging environments, but we are also helping to reduce the strain on local healthcare providers. And we can prove it,” said David Butler, Commissioning and Development Lead for Immedicare.

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The joint venture, which provides a 24-7 telemedicine service to hundreds of care homes across the country, said 60% of all consultations into its digital hub did not require any onward referral to a local health care professional and 90% of patients remained in their place of residence after consultations with its experienced clinical team.

“Many of the patients we serve, currently around 20,000 in the UK, are living with dementia –  and there is an estimated 850,000 across the UK, – so telemedicine really does have the power to transform the care they receive, whilst delivering the costs, efficiency and resource savings the NHS is crying out for,” added David.

 

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