Digital healthcare conference hopes to help remote communities

Experts from across the world are gathering in Moray for a conference looking at the benefits of digital healthcare.

New technology, which allows patients to report their symptoms using computers in their home, is being seen as a major boost for people living in remote areas as it allows doctors to monitor them more closely.

A pilot scheme run by NHS Grampian allows respiratory patients, for example, to use a touchscreen computer to report to their doctor's surgery and check their own breathing and oxygen levels using specialist kit.

More than a hundred delegates from across the world have gathered in Forres to discuss the digital health technology, which is can also be useful in remote regions where it can be difficult to reach a doctor.

Experts say digital healthcare can also cut costs and give patients greater control over their well-being.

It is hoped the conference will also forge links between countries hoping to implement the technology.

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