The Isle of Man’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is currently initiating the implementation of Immedicare’s Digital Health Hub, which allows nursing and residential home staff to speak to healthcare professionals via video technology for expert advice. This reduces the number of residents being admitted to hospital unnecessarily, and helps staff to confidently make important decisions regarding their patients care.
The benefits that Immedicare can offer to the Isle of Man are vast, as telemedicine can reduce the number of off-island trips needed to be made by patients to see consultants based in the UK, whilst also giving greater access to a wider range of diagnostic experience.
Since Immedicare began in 2013, we have seen a huge rise in the knowledge and use of telemedicine. More healthcare trusts are now seeing the clear benefits of using telemedicine in the NHS.
The Isle of Man is the new figure on the bandwagon, after the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust has announced it was spending £60,000 on investigating the scope for telemedicine development in the Isle of Man.
The Trust dedicates itself to improving the standard of healthcare on the Island, and has funded an internship for Michelle Falcone, a telemedicine specialist, to spend a year working alongside the Island’s DHSC and Government Technology Services researching the possible uses of telemedicine projects to improve patient care.
Speaking about telemedicine, Michelle explained: “The drive to utilise technology to improve the health sector on the Isle of Man will bring significant changes for both clinicians and patients, with telemedicine playing an integral role in improving patient access, decreasing time to treatment, and streamlining the communication between patients and their health care professionals. It will also reduce travel costs and the burden of travelling to the UK, which can sometimes be a difficult experience for patients and their carers. It would also reduce the need for specialists to travel to the Island to see patients and remove the disruption to clinics caused by adverse weather and flight cancellations.”
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