The National Health Service in the UK is working with Philips Electronics to test use of telehealth technology that will enable the elderly to stay independent longer and save the NHS money.

According to a recent article in the London Times, patients in England are being monitored at home using diagnostic equipment linked via broadband internet connections to local hospitals and clinics.  The patients are able to test their own blood pressure or blood oxygen level and send the data in an electronic message to staff at the Primary Health Trust.

Successful trials could lead to much wider use of these types of technologies, not only to monitor illness but to check general wellbeing.