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Inviga, Telehealth - Healthcare innovation is calling…it’s for you
01 Jan 2016

Healthcare innovation is calling…it’s for you, by The Selwyn Foundation

New technology lets people monitor their health from the comfort of their own home.

It’s common knowledge that New Zealand has an ageing population, and the country will face enormous challenges as a result. By 2051, our population of over-65s will make up approximately 25% of the overall population. It will become increasingly important to look after older people in their own homes for as long as possible to ease the pressure on publicly funded aged care facilities.

All kinds of new technology is being developed to assist in the care of older people still living at home. In Australia, healthcare providers have offered “telehealthcare” programmes successfully in the community for a number of years and now the system is also being launched in New Zealand.

Inviga is a new initiative that provides people with the technology to monitor and manage their health conditions from the comfort of their own home. A joint venture between The Selwyn Foundation and Feros Care, the programme uses a simple touchscreen computer that is set up to measure vital data relating to a patient’s health, like blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse, weight or temperature. The computer also allows the client to videoconference with a telehealth nurse and coordinate with their doctor or specialist, to get timely advice and support, all from their armchair at home.

The system is designed to support older people with chronic illnesses – such as heart and lung conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure – who would benefit from more frequent monitoring and the support of a telehealth nurse available at the push of a button.

The programme can also be linked to other devices; fall detectors, activity sensors and various “home and away” alarms all work with Inviga’s systems to keep older people well and in control of their health.

The aim is to support older people who live independently and manage their own health at home, keeping them well for longer and reducing trips to the hospital for medical attention.

“Once we rid ourselves of traditional thinking, we can get on with creating the future,” James Bertrand.

© The Selwyn Foundation 2016.