1) Does your organization presently use and/or endorse a (RPM) remote patient monitoring system to capture vital signs or other health related measurements whilst a patient is residing in their own home or being cared for in a non-acute environment such as community hospital/hospice/residential or care home – (Measurement examples being blood pressure/weight/temperature/Oxygen Saturation/EWS/ pulse/glucose etc.)?
1.1 If the answer is NO –
1.1.2 Is telemedicine/ RPM, something that the County Council would consider (within the next 2 years) as a way of either reducing hospital re-admissions, saving district nursing time & cost, for patient convenience and/or recognizing and acting upon patient deterioration sooner?
No – remote monitoring of patients health is not a council responsibility. This would be an NHS issue and we would therefore recommend that you contact an NHS Trust or a Clinical Commissioning Group for their views on this issue.
1.1.3 If the County Council is not considering RPM for suitable patients (able to take their own readings or have a relative who can do this for them) – is there a reason why this is not being considered?
Please see our response to question 1.1.2
1.2 If the answer is YES – RPM is presently used in the community – could you please detail –
1.2.1 the system type/name/supplier
1.2.2 Where do you send this data/measurements to – for instance…GP system
1.2.3 When this system came into use and when contract expires
1.2.4 How much does this costs the County Council (approximately) per patient or per year for multiple patients
1.2.5 What patient data is captured & is there measurements you would like to capture but cannot achieve at the moment?
1.2.6 Has there been any analysis of this data to demonstrate that remote patient monitoring from home, (or community residence) has reduced patient admissions into hospital and/or improved patient care/medication needs etc?
2) Who is the main person(s)/ decision maker (s)or team – who would probably be responsible (or is responsible) for the decision to use remote patient monitoring in the community?
Following our responses to the initial questions, these further questions are not applicable