ASSISTING HOSPITAL DISCHARGE
OWNFONE MOBILE IN HOSPITAL DISCHARGE
OwnFone Mobile is being used effectively as a way of discharging patients from hospital.
Without the need for landlines or expensive GSM units, patients are provided with an OwnFone Mobile in their discharge package. The handset is connected to the local telecare provider.
OwnFone Mobile provides a safe and secure way of re-enablement so that assessments can be done when the patient is back at home.
OwnFones are provided for a fixed period of time to allow for further assistive technology to be installed. The units are then are recycled back to the hospital or transferred to a rental option if the patient wants to keep them.
Studies have shown that providing OwnFone handsets are making a cost saving for the NHS whilst allowing the patient to go home as soon as they are well enough.
The extended discharge pilot of the OwnFone Mobile by the London Borough of Hounslow saved West Middlesex University Hospital 550 bed days saving £220,000*
*based on average bed day at £400