Dr Ros Altmann, director general of Saga comments on Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt's comments that he wants the UK to be the World leader in health technology;
"Use of technology in health and care has long been one of the missing links in putting in place better health and care pathways for people living at home with chronic health conditions. The UK is yet to embrace the benefits of technology and the use of telehealth services in the way that some other Countries have - but it is well known that monitoring people more effectively and treating them in their own home can save time and money for health and care services.
"Independence is key. Research by Saga has shown that 93% of people would rather remain in their own home as they get older if they were able - and technology could be the means that may enable many people to do so.
“It is a crucial development for both the elderly and the NHS: While it may involve a substantial investment at the outset, it will be repaid many times over as a result of the efficiencies it could drive. And it's not just about the cost savings to the NHS. For many individuals it will cut the amount of travel and inconvenience they have to go through for what are relatively quick-to-carry-out health checks and will allow people at risk of social isolation to keep in touch. This could be a win-win situation and I sincerely hope that the short-term investment that will be needed to deliver these services is put in place for the long-term benefits it could provide.
"Jeremy Hunts vision for the UK to become a world leader in health technology is an ambitious one, but one that deserves the funding and widespread support that it needs to make it a reality."