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Monday, April 18, 2005

e-Health at Risk, MPs Warn | eGov monitor

e-Health at Risk, MPs Warn | eGov monitor

This story from eGov monitor covers a new report (5th April) "The Use of New Medical Technologies Within the NHS" by a cross-party Commons select committee on Health which says that lack of co-ordination in areas such as telecare and telemedicine is placing a "drain on resources" in the NHS and creating "the potential for mistakes".

The MPs note that despite the UK having a world-leading £5 billion health IT industry, the potential benefits of new medical technologies are not being realised in the NHS. The Committee cities figures showing that the UK, 4.8 per cent of total healthcare expenditure is spent on medical technologies, compared with 8.6 per cent in Germany and the European average of 6.4 per cent.

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