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NZ announces national telehealth service provider

New Zealand Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that Homecare Medical is the preferred provider for the new national telehealth service.

New Zealand currently has multiple individual telehealth services that handle around two million calls a year. Some of these services are not available 24/7.

“In 2011 we committed to roll out a comprehensive telehealth advice service with access to nurses, GPs and pharmacists,” says Dr Coleman.

“The free national telehealth service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will provide the public with better access to high quality consistent health advice across the country.

“The public can still contact services using current phone numbers. Behind the scenes, the new national service will be more seamless and ensure people access the right advice, at the right time, no matter where they live.

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