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3 million could benefit from ‘doctor by broadband’ by 2017, claims minister

Some three million patients could be consulting their doctors and managing their health conditions online by 2017, saving the NHS £1.2 billion, Paul Burstow, the Care Services Minister, has claimed.

By , Medical Correspondent


Although few have heard of ‘telehealth’ and ‘telecare’, ministers are keen to increase use of these technologies, allow people with long term conditions like heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) to manage their illness largely from home.

‘Telehealth’ systems enable patients to submit vital signs like blood pressure and glucose levels, and view treatment plans, to be interpreted remotely by doctors, meaning individuals do not have to constantly attend hospital appointments.

‘Silver surfers’ should be listened to

24 February 2012 Last updated at 08:29

‘Silver surfers’ should be listened to

 Older people are increasingly ‘web-savvy’

As patients’ interaction with the health service increasingly moves online, it is easy to assume that the voices of the elderly will be lost along the way.

But in this week’s Scrubbing Up, Dr Paul Hodgkin of the feedback site Patient Opinion, says social media channels are not just for the young.

The stories that elderly people tell us have huge power. They are sad, funny, intimate, tragic, overwhelming and inspirational.

Carers can get up-to-date advice about how to keep their children safe online

Iomart Group Plc : Safer Internet Day survey reveals Scottish parents are failing to protect their children from the threats posed by new technology

Westcoastcloud survey also reveals parents worries about sexual content and online grooming

Worrying statistics have emerged about the lack of protection for children in Scotland when they surf the internet at home.

A survey carried out by Glasgow-headquartered web security company Westcoastcloud for UK Safer Internet Day (Feb 7) reveals that although half of parents in Scotland have installed software to protect their children from accessing unsuitable content when they use desktop PCs and laptops in the home, only 1 in 4 has installed similar protection on the mobile phones, games consoles and television services their kids also use in the house.