25 May '16, 5am

Technology developers could ease the burden on the NHS

Technology developers could ease the burden on the NHS

Fast forward 90 years and, while there are pockets where telehealth is working successfully, some will say we are not a lot closer to realising Gernback’s dream. In the UK, there have been several attempts to ‘join up the dots’. One initiative – called 3 Million Lives (3ML), launched by the NHS in 2011 in conjunction with industry, social care and professional partners – was to use telehealth to improve the lives of those 3m people over a five year period. 3ML came out of an earlier project called the Whole Systems Demonstrator (WSD), designed to assess the benefits and impact of telehealth and telecare. The project involved 6000 patients from 230 GP surgeries in Newham, Kent and Cornwall. Its conclusion was the ‘correct’ use of telehealth could cut A&E visits by 15%, emergency admissions by 20% and bed days by 14%. The WSD report claimed ‘at least 3m people with long term...

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