Helicon brings hearty service to GPs

December 11, 2014

Source: Ehealth Insider

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Helicon Health, a spin-out company of University College London, is working with Inhealthcare to integrate its heart condition management and education software with Inhealthcare’s self-monitoring system. This service is being used by two hospitals and 33 community sites and enables clinicians to manage patients with atrial fibrillation in the community instead of in hospital. It also allows patients to monitor their condition at home.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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People are not motivated to improve lifestyle despite family history of heart disease

October 8, 2014

Source:  Medical News Today

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Researchers from HeartAge have found many people are unwilling to make lifestyle changes despite knowing about their family history of heart disease. Though many participants who had a family history of heart disease were aware of their own blood pressure and cholesterol, this knowledge did not translate into them trying to lower their own CVD risk. The researchers believe this stems from a belief that they will get CVD regardless or because they don’t believe it is preventable through behaviour change.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum


Activate Your Heart: Leicester activates heart care

December 11, 2012

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 12November 2012

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In a nutshell: A new cardiac rehabilitation programme has been started by staff and patients of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: Activate Your Heart  an online self management programme which can also be accessed via smartphone or tablet device.

Length of publication:  1 web page plus link to website

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Somerset plans 4000 telehealth users

May 14, 2012

Source: E-Health Insider

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Date of publication: 4th May 2012

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In a nutshell: NHS Somerset is planning to monitor the symnptoms of 4000 people with long-term conditions over the next three years, using telehealth technology. It will be offered to patients with congestive heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Touchscreen phones with remote monitoring capabilities will allow patients to monitor their long-term health conditions from home.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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A review of telehealth in Scotland

November 10, 2011

Source: The King’s Fund Information & Library Service

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Date of publication: October 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Telehealth has the potential to provide NHS services more efficiently. This report looks at how the NHS in Scotland is using various technologies such as mobile phones, video-conferencing and self-monitoring equipment. The report gives some examples of cardiology services which have used video-conferencing.

Length of publication: 34 pages

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Care Planning: improving the lives of people with long term conditions

October 12, 2011

Source: Royal College of General Practitioners

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report looks at the care planning for patients with long term conditions such as ischaemic heart disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. It provides guidance for GPs so that they can bhelp their patients take more control over their health and improve their quality of life.

Length of publication: 76 pages

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Acknowledgement: Clinical Innovation and Research Centre


Know Your Pulse campaign

September 12, 2011

Source: Arrhythmia Alliance

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Date of publication: May 2011

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Know Your Pulse is a visual resource to promote simple pulse checks as a means of detecting potential arrhythmias. The two minute film clip was initially commissioned by the Dorset Cardiac and Stroke Network and has been shown in 86% of practices across Dorset. The clip has been adapted for the Know Your Pulse campaign and other free educational and awareness tools are available from the website.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Dorset Cardiac and Stroke Network