• 22Apr

    Health Call Undernutrition – Using telehealth to support patients at risk of undernutrition – PIF Best Poster Competition Entry 2016

    At the PIF Annual Conference on Wednesday 25 May 2016 we will be holding our Best Poster Competition.  Entries to the competition will demonstrate partnership working to improve healthcare information and support.

    The best judged poster on the day, as voted for by delegates, will win a prize. Over the next few days we will be showcasing the entries to the competition. We start below with a submission from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

    You can find out more details about the conference and how you can attend here: www.pifonline.org.uk/2016-conference

    Health Call Undernutrition – Using telehealth to support patients at risk of undernutrition

    Undernutrition is a major problem in the UK with severe consequences for both individuals and the health economy. It is estimated that undernutrition costs the English health and social economy over £19 billion per year. Oral nutritional supplements (ONS) have been shown to be an effective treatment but are often prescribed without monitoring for effectiveness or compliance.

    Health Call Undernutrition allows remote monitoring of patients identified at risk of undernutrition. Using simple telephone technology or a secure web based portal, patients provide information regarding their weight, ONS compliance and appetite.

    Clinicians are alerted if any information entered is outside of predetermined parameters, allowing proactive treatment that responds to a patient’s changing needs in a timely manner.

    Health Call has been evaluated to promote self-management, improve the quality of care, improve patient safety, increase dietetic capacity and provide cost efficiencies as a result of more appropriate ONS prescribing.

    Presenter: Catherine McShane
    Organisation: County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust