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Health Minister welcomes Chilean Health Ministry to Northern Ireland

Health Minister Edwin Poots welcomed delegates from the Chilean Health Ministry, currently on a familiarisation trip across Europe, to a Connected Health Ecosystem event in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The visit of the Chilean delegation to Europe has arisen from their interest in chronic conditions management. The focus of their visit is telehealth and telecare, and they are particularly keen to learn more about Northern Ireland’s remote telemonitoring project.

The Minister said: “I would wish to extend a warm Ulster welcome to our health colleagues from Chile. I recognise that through closer co-operation and through sharing our experiences, challenges and expertise from within our respective healthcare services we have the potential to unlock key benefits.

“Advances in technology must be embraced particularly within our health service and utilised accordingly. Recent developments in telemonitoring exemplify this.

“Tele-monitoring NI continues to grow and expand. The programme helps to give thousands of people greater control over managing their condition. For many, mobility is problematic, so having the facility to monitor their vital signs at home brings its advantages. To be able to share the success of this with the Chilean Health Ministry is gratifying.”

The Chilean delegation will also be visiting the Basque country, with which Northern Ireland recently agreed a Memorandum of Understanding focusing on closer cooperation on Connected Health and Social Care.

Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the Public Health Agency, said: “Telemonitoring is an excellent example of how modern technology is delivering a better service for patients in Northern Ireland. The service allows patients to take control and manage their condition with the confidence of knowing that their vital signs are still being monitored by a healthcare professional. It also allows more efficient use of the healthcare professional’s time and skills. We are delighted to have delegates from the Chilean Health Ministry at today’s event to demonstrate how far the service has come in Northern Ireland.”

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