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NHS boards see telehealth only as a means of saving money, warns expert

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4633 (Published 05 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4633
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Many NHS boards view telehealth technologies too narrowly as a means to save money in the short term instead of developing the services patients will need in future, says a leading expert on governance.

Andrew Corbett-Nolan, chief executive of the Good Governance Institute, told a Westminster Health Forum seminar on 3 July it was “good news” that boards were discussing telehealth and telecare.

But, he said, “The bad news is they’re doing it in the context of cost improvement.”

He said boards should think intelligently and strategically about providing telehealth as a main plank of their business rather than obsessively focusing on cost saving and …

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