Technology move to boost care at home
Two Stormont ministers have united to encourage the use of technology to help people with chronic illness manage their conditions at home.
Health Minister Edwin Poots and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the move could boost industry while helping patients.
They signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the Connected Health initiative, but reassured MLAs that the move would not be seen as a substitute for direct medical care when it was needed.
Mr Poots said: “Connected Health is quite a simple concept — by using companies with innovative technologies and products, we enable more patients to manage their condition at home which means fewer visits to hospital and provides opportunities for local companies to reap the rewards.
“By using technology in the right way, we enable patients and carers to monitor their condition at home, which leads to earlier intervention and reduces admissions to hospital.”
The ministers said the scheme could help reduce hospital admissions.