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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00223: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote telehealth and telecare.

Answered by: Shona Robison 5 October 2016

The Scottish Government's Technology Enabled Care, or TEC, Programme was set up in 2014 to significantly extend the number of people directly benefiting from technology enabled care and support in Scotland, which includes telehealth and telecare.

Funding from the TEC Programme drives activity within Health boards, Integration Authorities and other delivery partners who remain responsibly for promotion locally. A report of the first year of funding, covering 2015-16, shows that already close to 25,000 additional people have benefited from the Programme. This report will be published later in October.

The Scottish Government will also publish this month our National Action Plan for Technology Enabled Care, setting out a range of actions to further promote telehealth and telecare as part of service redesign.