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Use of new technology to help patients receive care at home

Innovative technology is being piloted in the NHS to help older people receive more care at home and keep them out of hospital

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Innovative technology is being piloted in the NHS to help older people receive more care at home and keep them out of hospital.

The first wave of seven pilot schemes to deliver more home-based care to older people, and those with long-term health conditions and mental health problems, was launched across England in January.

According to NHS England, front line staff involved in the NHS innovation pilots will pioneer and evaluate the use of devices, such as wearable monitors, data analysis and new ways of working that will help patients monitor their own conditions.

Unnecessary admissions

The pilots are intended to reduce unnecessary admissions to hospitals and care homes, and some could reduce the number of visits from community nurses to patients’ homes.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens says that the programme ‘aims to cut through the hype and

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