Digitally following up patients at home

Patients with chronic disorders can receive health services at home using tablets or mobile sensor technologies for distant monitoring.

Health personnel monitor the measurements via a response centre service. The technology allows the health personnel to guide the patient and take action when needed.

The service for digitally following up patients at home is often given and organized by the municipalities, and the target group is chronically ill patients. In order for the patient to receive digital at-home follow-up, they must have a medium to high risk of deterioration, or that there is a high chance of being admitted to a hospital again. Another inclusion criterion is a general need for health and care services.

Mobile health tools (“m-health”) also include technologies as apps and sensors. However, these technologies can be used by anyone, and are not distributed or organised by the health services. However, many of these technologies are not regulated or organised by the healthcare services. However, patients with chronic diseases can receive health services at home using mobile (e.g., tablet, smartphone) and/or sensor technologies for remote monitoring provided and organised by the municipalities. Patient are eligible to receive digital follow-up at home when they are at high risk of deterioration or of being admitted to hospital again. A general inclusion criterion is an overall personal need for health and care services. Health professionals monitor measurements from a Telehealth centre. The technology allows to guide patients and take action on demand. A patient may also receive specialist health services at home from a general practitioner or the hospital through video consultations and various forms of online treatment.

The patient can also receive specialist health services at home from a general practitioner or the hospital through video consultations and various forms of online treatment.

Digital hjemmeoppfølging

 

National target goals

The National Health and Hospital plan (2020-2023) sets the direction for the development of specialist health services and interaction with the municipal health and care services. The plan’s goal is to have outreaching hospitals; among other things this means that the hospitals will help patients in their own home by means of digital services.

The establishment of healthcare communities (helsefellesskap) is one of several organizational measures that will contribute to citizens experiencing cohesive and coordinated health and care services from hospitals and municipalities. In order for this goal to be achieved, it is expected that health services use digital tools.

The national program for welfare technology has been running since 2013, and will last until 2021. The welfare technology program facilitates the municipalities in implementing welfare technology solutions.

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This page was last updated:

3 September 2021

 

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