NHS England abandons health secretary’s pledge on telehealth

A plan to develop seven ‘pathfinder’ sites to lead the widespread adoption of telehealth in England has been scrapped and replaced with a new scheme after progress stalled in mid-2013.  NHS England will instead promote a wider suite of telehealth services in areas where ‘energy already exists’ for the technologies.  It said the original plan set out by ministers less than two years ago was ‘no longer the right model for delivery’.  The 3millionlives programme aims to achieve adoption of telehealth and telecare services by 3m patients by 2017.  Read more here .