Healthcare project is backed by Cameron

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A HEALTH project which has been benefiting people in Scarborough has been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Cameron announced his commitment to providing telehealth monitoring technology to three million chronically ill patients across the country, saying it will make “an extraordinary difference to patients living with long term illnesses”.

The announcement came after the release of headline findings from a national evaluation of telehealth and telecare, known as the Whole System Demonstrator (WSD).

The evaluation, which is one of the most complex and comprehensive studies ever undertaken by the Department of Health, concluded that telehealth can deliver a 45 percent reduction in mortality rates and 20 percent reduction in emergency hospital admissions.

NHS North Yorkshire and York currently has the largest scale telehealth project in the UK, with over 600 patients so far benefiting from the technology.

Kerry Wheeler, assistant director of strategy for NHS North Yorkshire and York and lead for the telehealth project in the area, said: “It’s encouraging to hear that the benefits of using telehealth to better manage long term conditions have been recognised at a national level.

“We’ve been introducing telehealth to patients in North Yorkshire and York for over two years and the impact has been incredible; both in terms of clinical outcomes and patient experience.”