Theresa May announces expansion of digital health services in United Kingdom

theresa-mayThe goverments in Europe need to accommodate the costs of health services to increasingly tight budgets and to progressive aging of society , and that is just one of the reasons why the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced a project to help patients deal with mental health disorders expanding the digital tools in the healthcare system, which will entail a £67.7 million investment by the government.

“What I am announcing are the first steps in our plan to transform the way we deal with mental illness in this country at every stage of a person’s life: not in our hospitals, but in our classrooms, at work and in our communities,” said the Prime Minister.

The place chosen by May to announce this program was the Charity Commission, the non-ministerial government department that regulates registered charities in England and Wales, during an event dedicated to mental illness.

May explained that “online therapy has the potential to transform the way mental health services are delivered by allowing people to check their symptoms, be triaged online and receive clinically-assisted therapy over the internet much more quickly and easily, assuming it is clinically appropriate”.

“These treatments have been tested in other countries and they work. In the right cases, they can offer access to treatment far quicker than traditional services,” May added.

In Neat Group we are convinced that services such as telehealth can be a fantastic tool to save money and to offer high quality medical treatments at the same time, in a country where 1 out of 4 Britons suffers some common mental disorder, which means an annual expenditure of £105 billion ($131,3 billions).

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