The English government has invested £150 million in telemedicine. Recently, The Financial Times reported on the initiatives which Alan Milburn, minister of health, has taken to offer patients an on-line health care service in the next five years.
In the near future, patients can make hospital appointments and will have access to test results and expert medical care at the touch of a computer button, according to Minister Milburn.
By the year 1999, the National Health Service information superhighway will provide all computerised general practitioners' surgeries with a range of hospital test examples in order to gain experience with the new information technologies.
The Financial Times equally announces that general practitioners will be offered speedy access to the most up-to-dated expert advice on hospital appointment booking systems by the National Health Service.
Additionally, the health minister promises that physicians will receive quick information about medical and drug treatments and even might get a specialist medical opinion within seconds, if they want to, thanks to the forth coming telemedical resources.