FREE DEVICES AND APPS FOR BETTER HEALTH
- 17 Jun
Devices and apps which could save tens of thousands of lives a year, will be available to millions for free on the NHS, to help them manage terminal diseases in a major drive to use technology to reduce patient deaths
Some of such devices and apps which will be available in April 2017 are:
AliveCor- A mobile heart monitor (strapped to the back of a smartphone) which will also save NHS money, reducing need for expensive treatment.
MyCOPD- Helps those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to manage their conditions.
Simon Stevens, NHS England's Chief executive "has backed the move as a significant expansion of self-care that could help prevent patients becoming seriously unwell and needing hospital treatment."
"Stevens will also announce an overhaul of the NHS payments system on Friday, which will help technology companies that produce innovative devices to win fast-track approval and get their products into patients' hands when they visit their GP or hospital consultant.
"He is creating a new "tariff", the money a hospital receives for a course of treatment,that will offer them an incentive to make greater use of innovation and technology.", reports the Guardian
He also wants people who already use other apps like Uber or Airbnb to similarly embrace digital technology that could give them prior alerts to heart attacks or deadly infections.
According to Simon Stevens,
"...In the rest of our lives, we're seeing the difference that innovative tech makes, and how the NHS will have a streamlined way of getting groundbreaking and practical new technologies into the hands of patients and our frontline nurses, doctors and other staff. By doing that, we can transform people's lives."
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