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UK government signals its support for telemedicine

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7792 (Published 30 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7792
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The UK government is backing wider use of telehealth and telecare to help people live independently and monitor their health, delegates attending a telemedicine conference heard this week.

Stephen Johnson, head of long term conditions at the Department of Health for England, told the eHealth and Telemed 2011 conference that commissioning groups had been given a very clear message about telemedicine in the NHS operating framework for 2012-13, published last week (BMJ 2011;343:d7712, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7712).

The framework says, “PCTs [primary care trusts] working with local authorities and the emerging CCGs [clinical commissioning groups] should spread the benefits of innovations such as telehealth and telecare as part of their ongoing transformation of NHS services. They should also take full consideration of the use of telehealth and telecare as part of any local reconfiguration plans.”

It continues: “Telehealth and telecare offer opportunities for delivering care differently but also more efficiently. Use of both of these technologies in a transformed service can lead to significant reductions in hospital admissions and lead to better outcomes for patients.”

Telecare uses a combination of alarms, sensors, and …

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