15th March 2011

TSB News:

 £10 million for Scottish telehealthcare – Joint funding for assisted living and business growth

Ten million pounds is to be invested over four years to improve care by growing the Scottish telehealthcare sector. 

The project – jointly announced today by the Scottish Government and the Technology Strategy Board – will show how new technologies and innovative services can help improve the quality of life of, and support independent living for, older people and people living with long-term conditions. 

The demonstration programme will involve at least 10,000 older people and people with disabilities.

In the first joint project between the Technology Strategy Board and the Scottish Government, the Scottish Assisted Living Demonstrator agreement was signed today by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon and Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board.

Ms Sturgeon said: 

“Supporting people to live independently at home is a key priority for the Scottish Government. It is what older people have consistently said they want and we know it is generally better for people’s health to remain at home wherever that’s possible. 

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