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  1. This blog was originally published as an article in the Health Service Journal on 24 Jan 2013

    If you speak, as we have, with companies gearing up for Britain’s ‘remote care’ revolution, the levels of scepticism are perhaps surprising. But they are also unmistakeable and worrying. Suppliers hear the rhetoric that the NHS is committed to using technologies to shift healthcare out of hospitals and into homes. They note and welcome ever larger Government pilot projects. Yet, faith in the future is shaky.

    As one technology supplier told us: ‘I think there will be a lot of really burned fingers in three to five years when [companies] suddenly find that the market is not there.’ Another supplier said: ‘If you leave change to local authorities or the NHS, nothing is likely to happen. .. They will think it is a good idea, not that it needs to be adopted.’ A third declared candidly, ‘I am hoping … there will be a joined up approach, because, at the moment, there’s no incentive to keep the patient out of hospital.’

    These comments may surprise those who have observed a very real commitment from both the Coalition Government and its New Labour predecessor to expanding remote care – namely ‘telehealth’ (monitoring an individual’s vital signs) and ‘telecare’ (monitoring an individual’s mobility and general safety at home).

  2. Published Health Services Journal, 4 October 2012

    Research on stroke cases in Scotland suggests low-cost, hospital-based initiatives could transform outcomes for many, write Evin Uzun Jacobson and colleagues

    Delays in emergency treatment for stroke victims are taking a significant toll on Britain’s ageing population, the NHS and the UK economy.

    Despite improvements made by the government’s detailed stroke strategy, many more stroke victims each year could be treated faster, at relatively low cost, to avoid long-term disabilities, according to research conducted by our team at the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre.