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Video networking technology allows NHS to save time, money – and lives
This article is part of the Computer Weekly issue of 15 April
Healthcare in the UK is undergoing a number of changes. With new governments come new ambitions, and the NHS is always front and centre. Things have been no different with the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, who have taken it upon themselves to try to save money while modernising the system. The government's attempts have met with mixed reactions, but one thing they have done is continue the growing trend of technology in healthcare. Medical records are set to be digitised by 2015 and health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for the entire NHS to be paperless by 2018. But it isn't just healthcare administration that benefits from improved technology. The most important way it can help is with the care of patients. One way technology has been changing lives is in the increasing use of video links. If a patient has a long-term condition but is far away from their nearest health centre, it can become a trial to manage. And if an emergency happens in a remote location, speedy communication can save lives. Video has become ...
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