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NHS England abandons Hunt’s pledge on telehealth

NHS England has abandoned the health secretary’s ambition to see 100,000 patients in seven ‘pathfinder’ areas benefit from telehealth in 2013.

A plan to develop seven ‘pathfinder’ sites to lead the widespread adoption of telehealth in England has been scrapped and replaced with a new scheme after progress stalled in mid-2013.

NHS England will instead promote a wider suite of telehealth services in areas where ‘energy already exists’ for the technologies.

The 3millionlives programme aims to achieve adoption of telehealth and telecare services by 3m patients by 2017.

But doubts have emerged over the evidence for the technologies, after studies of the DH-backed Whole System Demonstrator trial showed mixed results.

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