UK plc to get edge from telehealth
20 January 2012
Firms in the UK are to get a competitive edge from government plans to rollout telehealth to three million NHS patients, health minister Paul Burstow has said.
Launching the 3millionlives campaign Burstow said industry and government needed to work together to achieve their goals, but said there would be benefits for government, patients and companies.
"This new approach is set to improve the quality of care for three million people, increase their independence and dignity as well as reduce the time they spend in hospital," he said.
"It is only by the telehealth industry working together with the Department of Health and other stakeholders, that this will be possible.
"In addition, UK industry will gain a competitive edge in a marketplace where many millions of people worldwide could benefit from this technology, helping to generate income and jobs in the UK."
Gil Baldwin, vice chair of the 3millionlives working group who also works as the CEO for telehealth company Tunstall, said the initiative would develop ways for the market to engage with stakeholders and that it would generate significant opportunities for UK plc.
"3millionlives is a fantastic example of industry and government working alongside each other to improve the lives of individuals living with long term conditions, enhancing clinical outcomes, supporting patients and doctors and saving money for the tax payer," he said.