Patients are set to be told to use mobile phone apps in order to help monitor their health at home rather than seeing a doctor or nurse. People with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, lung problems and heart disease, as well as pregnant women are urged to take daily measurements and text them into a computer system.

The scheme is set to be rolled out by the Department of Health in the hope that it will save millions of pounds through unnecessary visits to the GP or hospital.

Chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee Dr Laurence Buckman told the Daily Mail of the implementation: “Encouraging people to do something is a good idea but making people do it is a bad idea. But some people love this kind of thing, it really motivates them. Self-care is very important.”

There is likely to be a large amount of people trying to get their hands on the mobile phone apps as a recent report from Juniper Research revealed that annual revenues from consumer downloads will approach $52 billion (£33.1 billion) by 2016.

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