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Paul Burstow: increasing the use of telehealth and telecare technologies in the UK

Paul Burstow MP gives an overview of the Whole System Demonstrator programme and discusses telehealth innovations in the UK and abroad.

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Doubts raised over safety of ‘doctor by broadband’

Patients could be put at risk by using internet-based equipment to manage their conditions from home, the lead investigator of a nationwide trial into the technology has warned.
Ministers are keen to push ‘telehealth’ – where people with chronic conditions help manage their own conditions from home – but there are questions over safety.
Ministers are keen to push ‘telehealth’ – where people with chronic conditions help manage their own conditions from home – but there are questions over safety.
Stephen Adams

By Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent

3:01PM BST 30 Aug 2012

Ministers are keen to push the benefits of telehealth, in which people with long term conditions like diabetes and heart disease submit readings to doctors and nurses online.

Telehealth: the benefits of video conferencing

Medical staff, patients and parents are using a new system that has saved lives

Outpatients who require ongoing monitoring are given a laptop equipped with in-built video conferencing technology.

Every year, more than 200 infants are born in Northern Ireland with heart disease. I work at the Royal Belfast hospital for sick children and as specialists in paediatric cardiology, we deal with a majority of these cases. For the past few years we’ve been supplementing our traditional care with a telemedicine scheme that offers patients, parents and our colleagues a new way to interact.

Like thousands of hospital departments across the UK, we deal with resourcing difficulties. Not only do we cope with our current patient load but our expertise is also in high demand with colleagues at other hospitals.

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