Without Telehealth the NHS will fail

In our Future Forum response we said:

It should be expected that managers and clinicians alike adopt modern technology at scale into new pathways and this should be reflected in the reimbursement system. We know this isn’t covered in the Bill but there has to be an urgent push to transform the way we deliver care. How we deliver care now is unsustainable in terms of the inefficient use of the workforce and the rising demand due to an ageing population.

We honestly believe that unless we embrace technology and use time and money much more carefully, the NHS will fail to deliver the care that it should to the most vulnerable in society, and miss a massive opportunity to help people take more control over their health.

This is why we have teamed up with the RCGP to run a Telehealth Summit next week. Speakers will show how they have transformed care and what the opportunities are from the consulting room into the community and into the home. Details are on our website – let us know if you’d like to be a part of our campaign to deliver Healthcare without Walls.


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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