• Mobile health solutions included under NHS national payment rules

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has announced that Medtech devices and cloud-based services will come under the NHS national payment scheme which sets prices centrally.

The announcement comes as the first six technologies to form part of the new Innovation and Technology tariff have been revealed. Web-based applications for the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are one of the innovations selected to be protected from local price negotiations.

The apps can be used to allow people with COPD to self-monitor their condition and use inhalers more effectively, complementing face-to-face consultations and care.

These mobile health solutions can improve the quality of life of patients. They cut down the amount that patients need to travel for consultations, which can be particularly useful for those people who live in rural areas or who are less able to travel.

Stevens said: “The NHS has a proud track record of world firsts in medical innovation but getting wide uptake has often been far too slow. Our new payment system brings clarity on fast track funding to get ground-breaking new treatments and technologies to NHS patients. Many of them not only improve care but will save the NHS money too.”