NHS Direct flexes its telehealth muscles

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Long time speculation about when NHS Direct will move into telehealth/telecare monitoring has been put to rest today with the announcement that it is one of the partner organisations for the Newham demonstrator site project announced by Patricia Hewitt yesterday. NHS Direct will be providing the vital signs monitoring (which GPs will also be able to access) and will provide advice to patients to help them manage their conditions. Neither the NHS Direct or Newham’s press releases mention which companies will be providing the technological components of the systems, but it is understood that they do not include the names that immediately spring to mind.

Download the NHS Direct press release.

Read Newham’s press release.