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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.


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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