This short animation tells you more about how services and options provided through Connect Me work.
What is Connect Me?
Connect Me is the new name for a variety of services or options which may be offered as a means for an individual to interact and communicate with their healthcare professionals. Some of these services were known by various names in recent years such as Remote Health Pathways; Remote Health Monitoring; Home and Mobile Health Monitoring or Telehealth. These are available using several digital platforms including national and local systems.
When we have asked the public and patients about how they might feel about using these services, they tell us they want to feel more connected, not so remote. Using words like ‘remote’ and ‘monitoring’ can be off-putting for some people. Yet when people do use these services, many find them to be empowering, reassuring, and much more convenient.
It is for these reasons, and having listened to feedback, that the name is changing to Connect Me.
Although using new branding, some existing services and options will remain the same and others are being improved. The number and types of services and options available are also being expanded.
The Connect Me service uses a person’s own simple devices and sometimes small basic medical equipment to enable individuals to share information with health care professionals and/or automated monitoring services. This helps them to safely self-manage their health needs from home or wherever is convenient for them.
The use of simple technology has become part of everyday life for many and can also be used to help better manage our health needs. It enables people to have more choice and greater flexibility about how and where they manage their health and wellbeing. It is safe and secure to communicate and connect with NHS healthcare professionals in this way, and it still ensures high standards of care are offered. It also promotes self-management.
Individuals with conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes, often tell us that when they are feeling good, they do not wish to be reminded of their condition. Yet traditional models with follow-up appointments at fixed intervals do just that. It, therefore, risks people having to attend an appointment when they are feeling well and misses opportunities to respond when their conditions flare up.
There are over one million GP appointments per year in Scotland just for measuring blood pressure
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