Providing cheap smart mobile phones to patients that live in remote and rural areas could be an improved way of giving fast and more cost-effective care.

App designer Geoff Wilcock told BBC Radio Scotland's Out of Doors programme that the idea would give people access to software created for the NHS.

He believes that mobile phone apps would aid consultations and cut waiting times.

Dr Joseph Kim – president of Medical Communications Media and founder of – recently suggested that patients are increasingly managing their diseases with smartphones.

Mr Wilcock believes low-cost smartphones would mean the amount of clinicians driving out for calls at a high cost would inevitably be reduced.

"I am a diabetic and I quite easily sympathise with anyone who has to go on a two to three hour trip for a 20 minute meeting with a clinical nurse, or a doctor," he continued.

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