NHS Choices Should Offer Digital Health Apps, Survey Finds

Patients in the United Kingdom should be able to choose to see a doctor via digital health platforms as part of NHS Choices, a new survey has found.

The study, conducted by Now Healthcare Group, questioned 100 members of the public and found that 97% agreed that digital health technology – such as mobile app video appointments – should be made available through NHS Choices to make primary healthcare more accessible to patients. Such a move could significantly reduce the unnecessary costs and pressures on an increasingly overstretched NHS.

Founder and CEO of Now Healthcare Group, Lee Dentith, outlined his ambitions to continue working closely with the NHS to help achieve a solution to this problem and relieve strain on our A&E departments. He said:

“With avoidable A&E visits costing the NHS over £1 billion each year, it’s imperative for the future of primary care in this country that new methods are introduced and new technologies are thoroughly embraced. These latest survey figures speak for themselves, and with 97% of patients actively asking for the opportunity to see a doctor via an app, I remain confident that services such as ours are undeniably the future of the UK’s healthcare system. As the only telehealth provider currently authorised to provide NHS repeat prescriptions, we have ambitions to work even more closely with the NHS to solve A&E’s billion pound problem by transforming the way that people in the UK access primary care.”

Read the full story on the Now Healthcare Group website:

https://www.nowhealthcaregroup.com/2017/02/07/uk-patients-demand-access-digital-health-apps-nhs-choices/

 


2 in 3 US Smartphone Users Turn to Mobile Health Services

The potential offered by mobile healthcare services has long been championed by those in the digital health industry, and we’re now starting to see significant uptake of the technology across the pond. Over in the United States, a new piece of research points to a significant rise in the number of Americans taking up smartphone-based healthcare, suggesting that US citizens are becoming more and more comfortable when it comes to using mobile devices to manage their care.

Almost two thirds (58%) of respondents stated that they use their mobile device to communicate with a medical professional. On top of this, 50% of those surveyed said that they have a health, fitness or medication tracking app on their phone.

You can read the full story in this article on the Dr Now website.