Using cutting edge telehealth technology, the Watford company has created a targeted questionnaire to assess how obesity is putting lives at risk. Once in the mainstream, they believe the technology could save the NHS millions by helping to tackle the country's heavyweight problem.
Executive chairman Jeremy Cummin said: "Britain has one of the highest rates of obesity in children and young people in Europe and evidence suggests this trend will rise. This protocol is in its infancy but we're confident we will quickly gather sufficient information to create software for those battling obesity turn their lives around."
The firm's CardioPod is already doing just that for heart patients by offering fully supervised heart health checks in just 20 minutes. Through assessing a patient's response to a number of targeted questions, the CardioPod can project their risk of having a heart attack within the next 10 years. Predominantly used in pharmacies, where the tests are supervised by pharmacists, the Pod has received widespread positive feedback from health professionals and patients alike.
The portable HomePod, which won the company an innovation accolade at last year's Scottish Health Awards, is also saving the NHS thousands by allowing patients with chronic lung conditions to monitor their illness from home, ultimately reducing unnecessary hospital admissions.
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About Telehealth Solutions
Telehealth Solutions was founded in 2006 to bring the convergence of technology and changing clinical practice to the benefit of patients and clinicians. The company has since grown rapidly both in the UK and internationally. Its employees are dedicated to providing the most secure, scalable and robust methods for collecting information from patients, without the need for clinical intervention, and getting that information to clinicians and carers looking after those patients.
Products in the THSL portfolio, which is explained in-depth on the firm’s website www.thsl.co.uk, include:
- Check-in Pod
The Department of Health describes telehealth as the ‘remote delivery of healthcare using electronic means of communication, usually from patient to clinician’. It means patients can measure their vital signs at home and the information gathered is then transmitted via a telehealth monitor to a clinician. Benefits include increased professional focus on patients, anxiety reduction, anticipation and avoidance of crisis admissions to hospital and enhanced medication compliance. The patient also becomes more informed about their daily health and becomes an active partner in their healthcare.