The scheme comes as NHS England waiting lists have peaked with 7.77 million people waiting for an appointment – the highest since records began in 2007.
The NHS is using artificial intelligence to monitor people’s eating and drinking habits in a bid to reduce “avoidable” hospital admissions ahead of a busy winter period.
Kettles and fridges are being tracked as part of a pilot scheme launched in Buckinghamshire.
Patients’ habits are flagged to care teams who speak to them to try and solve their issues.
They can then be helped out in various ways including cleaning, shopping and having food parcels delivered.
Meanwhile in Somerset, four GP practices are trialling an AI system that highlights patients with complex needs, at risk of hospital admission or those who rarely contact the surgery.