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Telemedicine may cut emergency admissions for COPD

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1499 (Published 07 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1499
  1. Harriet Vickers
  1. 1BMJ

Remote healthcare technologies may reduce the number of emergency admissions to hospital among patients with certain long term conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), show preliminary results from a large randomised controlled trial of such technology.

Although the full results are yet to be published, leaders of the “whole systems demonstrator” (WSD) programme discussed their initial insights at the International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare at the King’s Fund in London on 2 and 3 March.

“These are very early indications on preliminary data, suggesting in the …

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