Mobile Health Technology and Home Hospice Care: Promise and Pitfalls
Phongtankuel V, Adelman RD, Reid MC.
Prog Palliat Care. 2018;26(3):137-141. doi: 10.1080/09699260.2018.1467109. Epub 2018 Apr 26.
Mobile smart phone technology is an area where there has been rapid growth and where technology has enabled smarter processes and care to go further.
This article outlines the pros and cons of incorporating technology into existing Hospice at Home Services.
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Commissioning of Specialist Palliative Care Services in England
Lancaster H, Finlay I, Downman M, Dumas J.
BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Mar;8(1):93-101. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001119. Epub 2017 Feb 28.
This article looks at the disparity between CCGs across England – with allocated budget for EOLC ranging from £52 to £2300 per patient per annum.
This highlights the need for EOLC services to be specific about the cost of caring for a patient when discussing resource with CCGs. Although collation of the data takes time, it would be time well spent in the longer term, if it means that CCGs recognised the cost savings by keeping patients out of acute services.
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