Computers and mobile phones are playing an increasingly valuable role in helping doctors and patients monitor conditions such as diabetes on a daily basis. And government ministers of United Kingdom believe that new technology can also be harnessed to help elderly people live independently for longer. Ministers are already investing some money in new technology that can help people’s long-term care. Cash is being released to councils over the next two years, to help them develop sensor systems in elderly people’s homes. According to the ministers, the technology – called Telecare – was a key part of helping ensure dignity for older people. And of course technology has the potential to reduce hospital admissions – an objective that’s also important to the government.