The telehealth service allows people to treat themselves for medical conditions at home. This could be by recording blood sugar levels, or measuring blood pressure. The information is then sent on to medical advisors in a remote monitoring centre. On 14th November health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced at an Age UK conference that by 2013, the service will benefit around 100,000 people in the country. By 2017, this figure should stand at around 3 million.
Clinical director of telehealth and telecare at BT, Angela Single, calls for a further understanding of the system. She thinks that people shouldn’t find it out of the ordinary to monitor their condition from home. Despite her ambition for people to accept the service, most are still unwilling to stray from the norm when it comes to their medical care.
Plans like 3 Million Lives (3ML) aim to raise awareness of this new, DIY medical care. To catch illnesses early, they are campaigning for everyone to utilise technology to the fullest and embrace telecare as part of their everyday lives. NHS support the service, as receiving vital signs over the internet saves them time and makes it easier for them to make a diagnosis. In addition, the operational costs of running the service are minimal compared to the money saved “on the opposite side.”
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