Telecare saves £11m and 80,000 bed days

Scotland's Telecare Development Programme has saved £11m and is improving the health of its users, according to government figures.

Figures were compiled by the York Health Economics Consortium at York University and are included in a report by the Scottish government’s Joint Improvement Team.

The report also estimates that 81,000 bed days have been saved in Scotland in one year thanks to telecare.

This includes 5,668 bed days saved through speedier discharge, 13,870 through reduced unplanned admissions and 61,990 care home bed days saved by enabling people to stay at their home rather than care homes.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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