Health Policy

UK to increasingly focus on ehealth

The government’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) has reportedly named e-health as one of the most promising technologies for the UK to focus on over the next five years, but also cautioned that security and deployment timescales must be overcome.E-health was one of six key new technologies highlighted as being central to the UK’s future prosperity, in a report published by the UK Government’s top advisory group on science and technology.

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The CST said that the potential to deliver and enhance health services through the internet and related technologies is large, and the NHS should seize the opportunity to develop and exploit it.

The Council sees significant risks in at least three areas. First, there are concerns over how quickly it will be possible to embed this technology within the NHS. Second, there are risks that UK businesses

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