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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans to roll out new "telehealth" services to 100,000 people in the UK next year.

The project is aimed at allowing citizens with long-term conditions to essentially manage their care from the comfort of the own homes - cutting down on waiting times in GPs' surgeries in the process.

Speaking at an Age UK conference, Mr Hunt said: "In a world where technology increasingly helps us manage our social and professional lives, it seems logical that it should also help people manage their health."

Research funded by the Department of Health revealed that telehealth could result in a 20 per cent fall in emergency admissions.

Plans are in place to make the new system available to three million patients by 2017 and tenders for the work are currently being developed.

Of course, people who live in areas with poor ADSL connections will be desperate to receive faster internet services by the time telehealth is introduced in their region.

This is particularly true for those who live in rural "not-spots" that are dotted around the country.

Posted by Craig Roberts