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Establishing the benefits of digital consultation pathways in wound care

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Establishing the benefits of digital consultation pathways in wound care

Jeanette Milne
5 November 2021

Telehealth technology is a 21st Century patient-centred approach to the delivery of healthcare services by health professionals. It is beneficial, where distance is a critical factor, as it uses technology-enabled devices to provide secure data and information sharing. The rapid evolution of technology and the COVID-19 pandemic have seen exponential growth of telehealth as a means to deliver healthcare services by alternative methods, while keeping patients and health professionals safe. Video conferencing and similar television systems can be used to provide remote consultations, exercise programmes and to help facilitate self-care. In addition, for services that cover multiple sites it also can be used to address workforce challenges and facilitate safety huddles and remote meetings, reducing the need to travel between sites to attend a face-to-face meeting. This article explores the use of telehealth solutions used by a tissue viability service pre-pandemic and discusses some of the common features and potential future uses.

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