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Telemonitoring launched by Poots

12th December 2011

Edwin Poots, the health minister for Northern Ireland, has launched a new £18 million technology service which will enable people to monitor their health from home.

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The telemonitoring service allows people with chronic conditions to carry out tests to keep track of their health at home. 

Over a six-year period the system, which has received £18 million in funding from the Department of Health, will be extended to 3,500 patients every year. 

The Centre for Connected Health and Social Care (CCHSC), which is a division of the Public Health Agency (PHA) partnered with business TF3 to create the Telemonitoring NI service. 

The remote telemonitoring service will allow patients to carry out tests on blood sugar, oxygen levels, pulse and weight without having to visit their GP or a hospital.

Mr Poots stated that chronic conditions such as heart disease affected around 75% of people aged over 75.

"This is the generation for whom transport and mobility pose the biggest problems," he said.

"The Telemonitoring NI service will allow thousands to monitor their vital signs without having to leave their own homes. It means that patients are able to understand and manage their condition better. Many say it has improved their confidence and given them peace of mind.

"Telemonitoring NI is an excellent example of how the Health Service can innovate using modern technology to deliver a better service for our patients." 

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