Having only launched its health division in July, O2 has announced the first rollout of its telehealth and telecare services across three UK National Health Service (NHS) organisations.
The company said that the three NHS authorities would become part of O2's Centre of Excellence programme focused on developing new and innovative healthcare systems. The agreement will see the three authorities providing clinical resources and health expertise to help develop new care packages, and then pilot these to create regional centres.
According to O2 Health head, Keith Nurcombe, the company plans, over the coming years, to invest significantly in UK health innovation, including the use of technology other than just being focused on mobile.
"The Centre of Excellence programme is an industry first--it gives us a great opportunity to learn directly from clinical teams." said Nurcombe. "We also plan to expand the programme over the next few years to other like-minded health organisations."
When O2 launched its m-health concept, the company said that it would look for partnerships with healthcare providers to gain a better understanding of the challenges involved before deploying solutions that created benefits for patients and health workers.
The three UK NHS organisations involved are NHS Western Isles, Berkshire East Community Health Services and NHS Rotherham.
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