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Health technologies to improve lives

14th November 2012

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans for 100,000 people across the country to benefit from new health technologies from next year.

Speaking at an Age UK conference, he set out his vision for improving the lives of people with long-term conditions through the roll-out of telehealth.

It will enable them to use electronic information and technology to manage their health independently and have more control over their own care.

The move followed the publication of the NHS Mandate, where he announced that significant progress will be made towards three million people being able to benefit from telehealth by 2017.

Seven pathfinder NHS and local authority organisations including clinical commissioning groups are set to agree contracts with industry suppliers that will mean 100,000 people being able to benefit from telehealth within a few months.

Mr Hunt said that people with long-term conditions see doctors and nurses more than most and £7 out of every £10 spent on the health budget goes towards supporting them.

“I want to free people with long-term conditions from the constant merry-go-round of doctors’ surgeries and hospitals,” he said.

“Technology can help people manage their condition at home, free up a lot of time and save the NHS money. In a world where technology increasingly helps us manage our social and professional lives, it seems logical that it should also help people manage their health.”

Research funded by the Department of Health showed that telehealth could cut emergency admissions by 20%, reduce A&E visits by 15% and see a 45% reduction in mortality.


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