Digital healthcare gives clinicians the ability to monitor patients in their homes, rather than in hospital. Will this create problems or opportunities?
A pretty unequivocal thumbs-up from survey respondents for digital healthcare, the technology which is increasingly helping doctors to monitor their patients in their homes, rather than by admitting them to hospital. Three-quarters of respondents agreed that the technology helps to reduce the costs of healthcare by flagging-up possible problems before they become serious. Almost 13 per cent thought that this would lead to improved quality of life for patients, as it increases their peace of mind about their condition. A small proportion expressed concerns, with 7 per cent saying that increased general practioners’ workloads and could lead to patient compliance problems, and 4 per cent worrying about the implications for privacy.
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