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Orange launches mobile health tool to save NHS £300m

Mobile operator Orange has launched its Orange Health Gateway mobile service for the UK healthcare sector, claiming it could save the NHS up to £300m a year.

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Mobile operator Orange has launched its Orange Health Gateway mobile service for the UK healthcare sector, claiming it could save the NHS up to £300m a year.

Orange Health Gateway is delivered by iPLATO's mobile messaging service, providing hospitals, doctors' surgeries and pharmacies with a web-based messaging module for appointment reminders, test results and medication monitoring.

Missed appointments cost the NHS £790m a year, and Orange claims its Health Gateway module could save the healthcare sector £300m yearly.

Michael Lawrence, head of corporate propositions at Orange UK, said, "Orange Health Gateway offers the healthcare sector the opportunity to improve patient services and deliver real savings by capitalising on the everyday use of mobile.

"It enables healthcare providers to make better use of time and resources, at a time when efficiency gains are 'front of mind'. With minimal management commitments combined with maximum efficiency and cost savings, Orange Health Gateway will ease the lives of patients and professionals across the healthcare sector," added Lawarence.

The Health Gateway platform is hosted on NHS's broadband network, N3, and complies with NHS data security requirements.

The government recently scrapped the National Health Service's centralised £12.7bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in favour of a "connect-all" strategy in an effort to save £700m on the late, over-budget project.

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