Time for change

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Time for change

Dear Colleagues

Health and social care commissioners and providers are currently in the process of agreeing contracts and associated pathway changes for 2013/14, making it the right time to consider the opportunities presented by telecare and telehealth.

This is one area where our patch is providing national and international leadership.

Before Christmas, I had the opportunity to join delegates from across Europe in their study tour to hear more about how assistive technology usage is modernising care and changing lives in Kent. There were inspiring case studies about the use of weather forecasts to help COPD patients, GPS tracking services in dementia care, and how telemedicine can provide rapid access clinic services seven days a week for patients who have suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke.

Locally, from Kent’s participation in the Whole System Demonstrator and from work in both Surrey and Sussex, we have invaluable experience of the opportunities and limitations of telecare and telehealth.  More than this, there is knowledge and learning on the implementation challenges that need to be overcome in getting more patients across Kent, Surrey and Sussex supported by assistive as the whole country delivers the 3 million lives and digital first, high impact innovation click here for more information.

The local experience and the opportunities available from assistive technology should make telehealth and telecare a key consideration in care pathway redesign.

Guy Boersma

Managing Director (interim)

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Academic Health Science Network


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