At the International Congress for Telehealth and Telecare, which is taking place right now at The King’s Fund in London, government minister Paul Burstow set out how the appropriate use of telehealth in the NHS can help people to live more independent lives and stay in control of their care. It would mean patients no longer have to wait at home for the doctor or district nurse to call to check vital signs, they spend less time in NHS waiting rooms and anything that could be serious is picked up before it has a chance to get worse.
Yes, we agree and have been making that point for some time.
Mr Burstow is quoted as saying; “Delivered from the front line it could save the NHS up to £1.2 billion over five years. This new approach is not about the technology, it is about a revolution in personalised healthcare that can improve the lives of three million people, increase their independence and dignity as well as reduce the time they spend in hospital.”
Yep… been saying that too, but its very encouraging to be hearing it from the top and when financial numbers are attached to it, one wonders whether there might be the odd incentive in the offing.
The Department of Health release can be found here and from there you can link directly to Mr Burstow’s speech, or alternatively just click here. It’s worth a read and refreshingly patient-centred thinking for a government minister.