What did we do in this project?
As part of this programme of work, The King's Fund was involved in a number of projects:
- WSDAN's 'action research' programme for member sites collected data on the progress and impact that telecare and telehealth application have on the management of long-term conditions.
- These member sites met regularly to give informal updates on their work, to network, and to share knowledge and learning.
- We developed a telehealth evidence database, that combines research and learning opportunities to examine the use of telecare and telehealth in enabling and improving the management of long-term conditions.
Why are we interested in this piece of work?
In England we are faced with an ageing population and increasing levels of long-term conditions. According to the Department of Health, there are currently 15.4 million people in England living with a long-term condition.
Telecare and telehealth are assistive technologies developed to address issues arising from the increase in long-term conditions.
The project was commissioned by the Whole System Demonstrator Programme at the Department of Health and is jointly run by The King's Fund and DH Care Networks.