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GP links to care home patients' vital signs

Dr Russell Jones has linked his surgery to two local care homes via a wireless broadband IT system which transmits patients' vital signs to his PC.

The e-Vital mobile monitor transmits patients' heart rate, temperature and pulse to a remote internet server. GPs can then access the data and determine whether a patient needs to be seen urgently. 'It enables the right decision to be made on the spot,' Dr Jones said.

Two other practices in Watford are involved in the EU-funded programme which is run in conjunction with Brunel University, where Dr Jones is associate professor of health systems.

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