Health Economics – NHSX Virtual Wards (TytoCare) Project

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This study examined whether virtual wards using TytoCare digital handheld examination kits were cost efficient in several care settings across Yorkshire and the Humber. This study used routine data and assumptions were made when specific data was not available.

The total costs and costs per patient/visit for the TytoHome devices are likely to be lower in care homes where a single device can be used for several patients, compared to individual patients at home where each individual require their own device. Enrolling more patients and negotiating lower costs especially for the TytoHome devices will help to reduce costs.

Using TytoCare devices could reduce unnecessary staff travel, ambulance call outs, attendance to the Emergency Department and admissions, resulting in cost-savings to the NHS. Further research evaluating the full range of costs and benefits in comparison to the standard of care is warranted to determine such an investment represents value for money.

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