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Telecare reduces care home emergency admissions by one third, new research finds

Clinically-led technology-enabled models of care can cut emergency admissions from care home residents by 33 per cent and reduce GP care home visits by 45 per cent, research by a telecare provider has found.

A new report says that if scaled up across NHS England the value of released health service capacity could equate to £1bn per annum, avoiding over 226,000 emergency admissions and saving 2.5 million bed days.

Care homes residents account for 0.7 per cent of the population (approximately 383,500 people) but their demand on NHS resources is disproportionately larger. Analysis by telecare provider Tunstall in a report, NHS demand management from care homes, indicates that care home residents can demand over 13.5 per cent of acute bed days, 9.1 per cent of emergency admissions, 10.7 per cent of ambulance responses, and up to 17.5 per cent of all GP home visits.  

Telecare solutions are used to monitor residents’ wellbeing, and to alert healthcare services to exacerbations.  

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