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6:01am 6th December 2011

High tech remote control healthcare in Cornwall has cut deaths almost in half.

It will mean people with things like diabetes and heart disease can do their own tests at home which are then automatically checked by nurses.

The pilot scheme in the Duchy is now set to roll out across the country.

Sixty year old Joe Barr from St Keyne uses the system. He said, "To give you an example of just what it has done for me, one day I took my readings as usual in the morning and had been experiencing some pain in my chest going down the left hand side of my arm. I took this to be something potentially serious and thought it could be my heart. I didn't want to worry my wife so took myself down to the doctors where they ran an ECG and confirmed there was a problem with my heart.

"I got back home from the surgery to be greeted by my wife at the door who said "What's wrong - have you been having a problem with your heart?". I asked how she could possibly know that and she said that the telehealth nurse had called in shortly after I left for the doctors asking for me to contact them urgently due to my readings. They knew something was happening as a result of what my readings were telling them."

A spokesperson for NHS Cornwall said, "The early indications show that if used correctly telehealth can deliver a 15% reduction in A&E visits, a 20% reduction in emergency admissions, a 14% reduction in elective admissions, a 14% reduction in bed days and an 8% reduction in tariff costs. More strikingly they also demonstrate a 45% reduction in mortality rates."

6:01am 6th December 2011

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