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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


Project Launch 2020health looks at next steps for telehealth

Following on from 2020health’s widely acclaimed publication ‘Fixing NHS IT – a plan of action for the new government’ on how the Coalition Government can rescue the £12 billion National Programme for Information Technology, 2020health today announces the launch of a major new research study around Telehealth.

Our earlier “Fixing NHS IT report” concluded, “While evident that telemedicine can offer a great potential, it does create challenges, especially in terms of its funding and impact on current reimbursement schemes…without a clear national direction, the risk is that a fragmented, point-to-point approach is adopted without taking advantage of common national infrastructure.”

The NHS IT team at 2020health, led by the author of “Fixing NHS IT” John Cruickshank, is keen to contribute to the debate and intends to prepare an independent, authoritative report on the future NHS strategy for telehealth, recommending both national and local actions. Several leading companies including Accenture, BT, Medtronic, TPP, Tunstall, iSOFT, Pfizer and Vodafone have agreed to work with us on the study. 

The aim of the study is to consider how best the NHS should exploit the potential of telehealth, based on best practice in the UK and elsewhere, and to recommend what action the Coalition Government should take.