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More mobile health systems needed

27th September 2012

The key to the deployment of more mobile health systems lies with family doctors and the new commissioning groups.

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That is the view of the director of the European Connected Health Alliance, Bleddyn Rees, who was speaking at the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit in London this week.

A former adviser to the Department of Health and also to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Rees told delegates that despite the current obstacles to m-health, such as the complexity of the NHS, he believed the ongoing reforms of the NHS might benefit such initiatives.

He said: “I am optimistic that if the reforms work and GPs step up to the plate and start to get involved in active commissioning of services, this could be a great thing for industry as we could see them deploying many of the m-health solutions that previously have been struggling to get past PCTs.”

But while the healthcare industry has strong technology and a range of solutions, he remained concerned over limited uptake.

The London summit was attended by clinicians, analysts and corporate organisations to discuss m-health technologies such as smartphone apps and ecosystems and the issues that have prevented these solutions being adopted on a wide-scale by NHS trusts.

Research indicates that there are 40,000 medical apps available for smartphones and tablets and such devices are used by 51% of the UK’s population and worldwide there are more than half a million m-health projects.

Rees said it was time to “bust the evidence myth” surrounding the m-health environment.

 

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