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UK aims to be world leader in health technology

UK aims to be world leader in health technology
15th November 2012

Secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt has laid out plans for the UK to become the world's leader in health technology.

Speaking at an Age UK conference this week, the government minister revealed that 100,000 people with long-term conditions are going to benefit from technology next year.

He explained this is through the use of telehealth, which allows patients to manage their health independently through electronic information and technology, reducing the need to go to the doctor or hospital.

"Technology can help people manage their condition at home, free up a lot of time and save the NHS money," said Mr Hunt, who added seven out of every ten pounds spent on the health budget goes towards supporting people with long-term conditions.

Earlier this week, the NHS published a historic mandate, which Mr Hunt stated is part of the government's commitment to ensuring the health service remains among the world's finest institutions.

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