Imerja VaaS brings telehealth benefits to UK hospitals
By Mark Evans 5th September 2014
Health providers are increasingly relying on telehealth solutions to continue providing high quality care against the strain of financial pressures and dwindling resources. Government figures suggest telehealth has the potential to unlock a 20% reduction in emergency admissions, a 15% reduction in A&E visits and a 45% reduction in mortality. Technology is now offering consultants and patients the opportunity to connect remotely, reducing travelling time and increasing the useful time spent together.
IT specialist Imerja has developed an innovative video solution using Polycom technology, which is bringing doctors and patients closer through the use of high performance video conferencing complete with interactive HD-quality viewing and audio capabilities. The Bolton-based IT specialist is now delivering solutions to healthcare providers throughout across the North West.
Imerja’s success stories include the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, where the small number of paediatric neurologists in the North West of England resulted in specialists, or their patients, travelling long distances to make a relatively short consultations. Imerja’s Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) has allowed consultants to dramatically reduce these travelling times significantly increasing the number of patients they see each day. As well as this, VaaS also allows specialists to collaborate remotely, share data and benefit from visual aids, improving the overall quality of communication.
Dr Ram Kumar, paediatric neurologist at Alder Hey said: “Imerja has been incredibly responsive to our suggestions throughout the trial and has enabled the full potential of this innovative technology to be unlocked”. Alder Hey staff agreed that the services had saved time and increased efficiency.
In Cumbria, Imerja is responsible for the delivery of The Cumbria and Lancashire Telestroke Network in partnership with Virgin Media Business. This technology connects patients with remote doctors during the time-critical early intervention stage of a stroke, helping to significantly improve the outcomes of stroke victims. The NHS funded project included laptops which were installed with Polycom video software (CMA™ Desktop) allowing the consultant to remotely monitor the examination delivered by clinicians at the bedside, reducing the pressure on consultants. Over 520 patients have benefitted from this telestroke service since its launch.
At the Technology Enhanced Homecare Forum, the Imerja team will be showcasing their innovative VaaS solution which is already making a huge impact to UK hospitals. The forum will also be joined by Veronica Southern, principal speech and language therapist at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Veronica will discuss how Imerja-provided VaaS solutions have helped Blackpool Victoria implement remote assessments for patients with dysphagia, improving efficiency and reducing patient distress.