For those living with diabetes, asthma or dementia – or recovering from cancer – data provided through smart devices or home hubs, for example, can enable health professionals to remotely monitor a patient’s condition. Interventions can be made early, and potentially costly or traumatic hospital admissions can be avoided.

This technology enables the NHS to use resources in a more targeted way

Service-user involvement is key. Patients and family carers need to be fully invested, in terms of how the data they’re sharing assists in their care. How services are designed is just as important as the tech involved; it’s about equipping health care professionals to make the most appropriate use of data, for patient care.

What this technology does for the NHS is enable it to use resources in a more targeted way. What it does for the individual is liberate them, allowing them to get on with their lives.