Mobile phones are set to play even more of a key role in parts of the National Health Service (NHS) after it signed up to a new deal with Orange.

The Orange Healthcare Gateway will allow doctors and nurses to use mobile technology to improve the service they offer patients.

Via such means, health bosses can arrange and cancel appointments, enhance care and cause an increase in attendance rates.

It is thought that by using the gateway, the NHS will save up to £300 million and cut the cost of missed appointments by 38 per cent.

"Healthcare organisations can also transform their entire communications system, proving that technology and partnerships can enable real change," says Michael Lawrence, head of corporate propositions at Orange UK.

This is the latest piece of positive news from Orange in recent days, with the firm recently confirming it will allow its customers to also access the network of T-Mobile, with which it has decided to merge.

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