East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is the first organisation in the EU to be approved under the new EU Telehealth Code of Practice. ELFT’s telehealth services |have long had national and international recognition as a leader in the field of telehealth practice but achieving registration under the code would be an important recognition of their quality.
The initiative to develop the code was funded by the EC and launched in Aug 2010 and completed in June ’14. The project had twelve partners in Belgium, Bulgaria, Eire, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia as well as the UK. The consortium continues to oversee the code.
The EU Code provides a useful external critique of ELFT’s telehealth operation and a stimulus to improve the service, in particular accreditation will help the Trust, its partners and patients be assured that itis complying with best practice in terms of the telehealth services that it offers.