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Telemedicine improves patients’ quality of life

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New research results from one of Europe's most extensive large-scale projects in telemedicine, the Danish project, TeleCare North, shows that patients experience a higher level of reassurance and control of their disease by using telemedicine.

In November, 2015, new research results from one of Europe's most extensive large-scale projects in telemedicine, the Danish project, TeleCare North, was published confirming that telemedicine improves patients' quality of life. Using telemedicine patients experience a higher level of reassurance and control of their disease. Furthermore, they become aware of detecting a worsening of the disease themselves.  

The results also demonstrate that telemedicine provides a health benefit measured in quality-adjusted life years (QALY). Patients diagnosed with severe COPD (GOLD 3, which is a classification of severity of COPD) achieve a health benefit in terms of QALY when using telemedicine.  

At the same time, research shows that telemedicine offered to patients with severe COPD can lead to an annually reduction in admissions and municipal care services equivalent to €940 ($1,029) per patient.  

TeleCare North is a collaboration between 11 municipalities in Northern Jutland, The North Denmark Region, general practitioners in Northern Jutland and Aalborg University on the development of a telemedical solution to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients in Northern Jutland.

Article by Healthcare DENMARK 

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