U.K. research shows remote health care saves lives, money

12/8/2011 | Computerworld

The introduction of telehealth solutions that include remote monitoring leads to a significant decrease in the number of emergency room visits by patients with chronic illnesses and can reduce mortality by 45%, according to a study from the U.K. Department of Health. Researchers looked at 238 health care facilities and determined that giving doctors the ability to visit with patients online reduced unnecessary expenditures and cut emergency admissions by 20%. The two-year study drew data from about 6,000 patients with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

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