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Per head over 12 months, there was a £188 saving per patient, but I'm not sure what this means in the wider context of a telehealth patient' care. Are there other hidden costs?
The Department of Health plans to roll out telehealth for 3 million people by 2016 and has signed a 'concordat' with industry in January, before full results of the trial were released. Health minister Paul Burstow had claimed that telehealth devices could save the NHS up to £1.2bn over five years. It seems the results are a a little underwhelming and that this is not necessarily a more cost effective way for patients to manage their care and is a bit scary that the government had signed this contract without much of an evidence-base. Have they been seduced by the telehealth manufacturers? Or should we be more optimistic?