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Tunstall Healthcare forms partnership with risk stratification provider Health Intelligence

Tunstall Group : 11 September, 2012  (Company News)
Tunstall Healthcare is partnering with risk stratification provider Health Intelligence to enhance and support the delivery of the company's fully managed telehealthcare service, Tunstall LifeCare.

A proven risk stratification process is vital for delivering an effective telehealthcare service as it identifies the most appropriate patients for the service, accelerating benefits to service users and maximising care provision and ROI for the provider. The Tunstall LifeCare programme works in partnership with Health Intelligence, a leading provider of population-based information analytics and reporting solutions for health organisations in the UK, assisting the NHS to improve diagnosis, promote prevention and deliver cost savings.

Tunstall and Health Intelligence's 'case finding' module gives local commissioners a robust, secure and rapidly deployable solution. Patients within the population who are suitable for telehealth are identified and may be ranked in terms of their likelihood of hospital admission and hospital cost.  The solution also allows commissioners, to scenario plan, prioritise those patients in greatest need, manage demand and supports GP Practices to block refer appropriate patients.

The approach to risk stratification offers a solution that covers all areas of the QIPP long-term conditions work stream, incorporating key areas such as statistical modelling, threshold modelling, block referrals, clinical review, service evaluation and care planning.

Simon Arnold, Managing Director at Tunstall said: "We understand that telehealth is not suitable for everyone, which is why it is important that each patient is carefully selected based on specific criteria and thresholds, such as those patients with COPD, Heart Failure or diabetes with one or more emergency admissions in the last 12 months. Our partnership with Health Intelligence helps us to proactively help clinicians in identifying the patients who will benefit most from telehealth in terms of managing their condition and helping them to live more independently."

Phil Kirby, Managing Director at Health Intelligence said: "In order to deliver maximum value, Health Intelligence partnered with Tunstall to speed up the use of telehealth services through our information analytics service, case finding, reducing the time needed to identify and refer patients to just a few weeks and to make patient referrals much easier for clinicians. This is an exciting partnership that links Health Intelligence's population based information and service delivery methodology with Tunstall's services to benefit patients, clients and commissioners."

Tunstall LifeCare is a fully managed service, providing telehealthcare at scale for the first time. The service provides a fast track to achieve strategic outcomes, delivering operational benefits for commissioners, service providers and users alike. It follows a rigorous and proven process, working collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to couple wide-scale delivery with tailored service user support.

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