NHS patients to monitor heart disease and diabetes AT HOME within ten years thanks to artificial intelligence, Government adviser claims

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked US academic Eric Topol to see how the NHS can pioneer use of robotics and artificial intelligence.

It will mean savings for the NHS as patients monitor conditions such as diabetes and heart disease at home.

Doctors will be able to oversee progress remotely and speak to patients using Skype or other digital platforms.

Dr Topol, who reports back in July, said: “Lots of what we do in hospitals will soon be able to be done at home.”

And he added more scans will be checked by computers, with medics having final oversight.

These changes will free up doctors’ time and allow them to better focus on patients.

Dr Topol has previously led a multi-million pound U.S. research programme into digital care.

He has already visited London's Moorfields Eye Hospital, which has used computer software to better detect common eye diseases.

Health Secretary Mr Hunt said: "These [developments] give us a glimpse of what the future of the whole NHS could be, which is why in the year of the NHS' 70th birthday I want to empower staff to offer patients modern healthcare more widely and more quickly."

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