Northern Ireland

Jobs hope over new 'connected health' scheme in Northern ireland

Arlene Foster
Image caption Arlene Foster was speaking in the assembly on Tuesday

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has claimed 400 jobs could be created as part of a joint initiative between her department and the Department of Health.

Ms Foster and health minister Edwin Poots have signed a memorandum of understanding on the issue of "connected health".

It aims to create jobs in research, software and support services.

The jobs are expected to be rolled out over the next four years.

The partnership between the enterprise and health departments and Invest NI will be launched later on Tuesday.

The Department of Health said the connected health programme could allow patients to monitor their condition with the supervision of their own health care team.

Patients with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and heart conditions could input their readings into an online database which would then be assessed by their own health care worker.

If there was any concern with readings, patients would be contacted and a course of treatment could begin.

Early intervention could reduce the number of people needing to be admitted into hospital.

Ms Foster and Mr Poots made statements about the "connected health" programme in the assembly on Tuesday.

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