Life-saving telehealth system may come to Manchester


Manchester patients could soon have access to ‘Florence’, a new telehealth system

A life-saving system called ‘Florence’ that monitors the health of patients via text messages may be introduced in Greater Manchester if the county agrees to a medical sales deal.

Several healthcare trusts in the Midlands are already using the system – developed by Mediaburst and nominated for several healthcare awards – that allows patients with diseases like diabetes and heart conditions to monitor their vitals, send the data to their healthcare provider’s central computer via their mobile phones and receive immediate feedback.

Unlike other telehealth systems, this one does not send data from expensive equipment using landlines, so patients do not need to be at home at all times.

According to Mediburst’s managing director Gary Bury, “Florence gives patients their freedom back… Innovative [Primary Care Trusts] are already using it and we anticipate that an evaluation currently being done by Warwick University will give it the stamp of approval and speed up its adoption across the UK.”

The company has also said that after gaining enormous success in the Midland’s, there are people in Singapore, Germany and the US interested in buying it.  the system has proven so successful in its use in the Midlands that the people in Mediaburst’s medical sales jobs are already speaking to potential buyers in the US, Germany and Singapore.

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