Mobile Health: Potential for Better Health and Good Environmental Outcomes

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This week’s highlight project is the Virtual Glaucoma Surveillance Clinic carried out by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. This project offers a unique approach to curbing the high demand for ophthalmological services in the UK. It hopes to improve patient’s health outcomes and promote financial and environmental gains.

The Virtual Glaucoma Surveillance Clinic replaces a face-to-face consultation between patients and clinicians with a synchronous approach where patients speak to clinicians through a webcam video session. The second option is an asynchronous model where patients go through a consultation with a technician who collects patient data and relates it to a clinician who makes decisions regarding the patient’s care moving forward. This project hopes to be able to prevent blindness, among other problems, as a result of lack of care.

The project hopes to understand the impact that having access to mobile health services can have on preventing worse health outcomes among patients in need of ophthalmological services. Furthermore, the project assumes a reduction in travel time for patients and those involved in their care. This could result in lower travel costs and lower carbon emissions.

 

For more information on this project please visit

http://map.sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/royal-cornwall-hospitals-nhs-trust/virtual-glaucoma-surveillance-clinic

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