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01 May 13 11:32

Tele-healthcare enables patients to monitor their conditions using mobile technology.

According to former UK health minister, Andrew Lansley, around 80% of face-to-face interactions with the NHS are unnecessary, moving just 1% of those meetings online would save the health service around ?250m a year.

An increased use of technology could mean millions of people in years to come will be able to stay in their own home and avoid unnecessary hospital visits or being forced into residential care. In particular, this could be used for patients with chronic disorders, such as Parkinson's disease.

Would you sign up or encourage someone to sign up for tele-care?
Here are some points to consider about tele-medicine:
1. Patient response: Will patients feel they are receiving sub-optimal care due to lack of face to face contact?
2. Response of caregivers (family, carers etc.)
3. Is the technology clinically viable?
4. Does tele-medicine provide similar health outcomes to patients who have a face- to-face contact with a healthcare professional?
5. Economic aspect: Overall cost of tele-care to patients and their families.

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1 Comment

Matt Singleton - 1 May 2013, 2:55 p.m.

Tele-medicine is an interesting area. In fact, the whole subject of technology in healthcare and in long-term care is a fascinating debate. One area where a lot of questions have arisen is the use of robotics in areas such as rehabilitation and long-term care. The EU has funded research into this over recent times and it will be interesting to see the results which are due later this year:

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