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Integrated virtual care and the future of home health

by | Mar 29, 2022

SmartHealth Promotion

Supporting people to live healthier and longer lives is at the heart of HaloCare’s holistic approach. As Ireland’s first centralised and integrated virtual care service, HaloCare combines innovative technology with highly-trained teams to wrap their care services around the needs of the clients, in the community rather than in hospitals or care facilities.

Remote patient monitoring and hospital in the home are reshaping Ireland’s care services and HaloCare is at the forefront of this disruptive movement. CEO Sarah Jane O’Dwyer says quality personalised care at home is now possible thanks to advanced contactless technology that can monitor a patient’s status in the privacy of their homes.

“Our mission is to empower patients to live independently away from the acute setting and we do this in a holistic way,” she says. Based in a purpose-built facility in Carlow town, HaloCare is empowering people and especially those with long-term illnesses to live quality and more connected lives outside of a clinical setting.

HaloCare operates a three-pillar care model – Safety, Social/Wellness and Clinical – through the use of cutting-edge sensor technology to provide year-round support to private clients, healthcare providers, hospitals and home care services.

The care process begins with the multi-disciplinary team performing a full assessment on each client or patient to identify potential issues. A personalised digital home support solution can then be established and discretely installed with easy to-use age-friendly tablets and a Circle of Care app to keep clients in touch with family and caregivers and up-to-date on progress.

The HaloCare Care Hub

These devices connect to HaloCare’s state-of-the-art Care Hub where patients can speak with a member of the Care Hub team via a voice-activated panel. The overall aim is to deliver high quality care that maintains a person’s dignity, comfort and independence. This kind of innovative technology, coupled with clinical excellence, is the future, according to HaloCare’s CEO.

By 2050 the global population aged 60 years and older will double to around 2.1billion. By 2030, one-in-six people will be over the age of 60. There is also an increasing burden of chronic disease in Ireland. The number of adults with chronic conditions is set to increase by 40 per cent within the next 10 years. As we move forward in a more tech-savvy world, HaloCare’s new and advanced patient-centred care gives people control of their health and helps improve outcomes for the better.

It also means less time spent in hospital, reducing the risk of exposure to hospital-acquired infections, while lessening the burden on the healthcare system and freeing up hospital beds. “Our exceptional team helps our clients to live happier and healthier lives in their own homes through innovative technology and exceptional service delivery,” says Sarah Jane O’Dwyer.

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