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Three million patients to get telecare, DH pledges

The DH will roll out telehealth and telecare services to three million people with long-term conditions by 2016, care services minister Paul Burstow has said.

The announcement comes after early results of the world’s first RCT of the technologies suggested they could cut mortality by 45% and lead to a 21% fall in emergency admissions.

Visiting Cornwall, one of the three PCTs that took part in the trial, Mr Burstow said: “The trials of telehealth and telecare have shown how people with long-term conditions can live more independently, reducing the time they have to spend in hospital and improving their quality of life.”

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