On Monday 8th August at 8pm UK time we’ll be discussing technology in health and healthcare. We’ll be covering the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours we need to develop and evaluate new and existing technologies, and put them into routine use.
Technology and physiotherapy
Technology isn’t new to physiotherapy. Electrotherapy has been in use for years, but the pace of change for new devices coming onto to market means that there is now far more choice of technology for healthcare professionals, patients and communities to use and improve health and healthcare.
The NHS is notoriously slow at putting proven technologies into practice, so how do we keep up with the pace of technological changes and make sure we are making the most of all that technology has to offer in improving clinical and cost effectiveness, as well as improving health, outcomes and patient experience?
Earlier this week I attended an ecosystem event in Manchester, a network that brings together academic expertise, industry partners, NHS, Public Health and local government, and patient and service user representatives. The event focused on technology promoting physical activity & healthier lifestyles. I was struck by both how relevant the afternoon was for AHPs, but also how much we could add to the discussion and debate.
Devices, diagnostics, genomics, drugs, telecare, electronic patient records, apps, websites, messaging, Skype, social media, wearables, genomics to name but a few. How do we develop our understanding of what adds value when and where, and a structured, systematic approach to putting technology into practice and evaluating impact?
Questions to think about before the chat
- What technology is out there for us to use in health promotion, clinical practice and learning/education?
- What skills do we need to use, critique, and adopt technology into routine practice?
- What knowledge and skills do patients and communities need?
- What support is out there to help us?
- How can we get involved in influencing technology development and adoption at a local, regional and national level?
- Do we need a national (or international) physiotherapy forum or network to focus on supporting and leading technology development and adoption?
- Delivering the benefits of digital health care (Nuffield Trust, 2016)
- NHS widening digital participation programme (Tinder Foundation 2016)
- The digital revolution: eight technologies that will change health and care (Kings Fund, 2016)
- App Appeal: Physios are helping to blaze a trail by exploiting apps and other technologies to communicate with patients (CSP, 2016)
- Building a business case for technology adoption (NICE)
- Care pathway mapping for technology adoption (NICE)