Good overview of the DoH's Whole System Demonstrator research project by Sharon Eustace, Nurse Consultant at Cornwall Primary Care Trust.
The system uses simple-to-use monitoring and daily questionnaire equipment in patients' homes that communicate with a central system. A nurse checks the patients results and the survey questions each day. The results of this study will be out soon and it would be intriguing to see what aspects are effective. Is it the remote monitoring? Is it the prompting of the patient each day to address the symptoms of their chronic disease? Is it the direct access to health staff?
She explained how she had extended the telehealth project to include incontinence patients in Cornwall.