Since 2014, NHS England’s five year forward view has sought to deliver high quality care by taking advantage of digital technology and innovation. Already, there are services in place that support people of many ages across the four nations. There are also other initiatives at the community level that are aimed at supporting individuals, families and the general public in improving their health and wellbeing.
Technology is being used to integrate services, provide joined-up care and reduce duplication. Digital innovation is also about trying to provide choice and control for the individual and to empower them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. That said, it is necessary use evidence to justify its benefits and limitations and where it is lacking find ways to overcome the issues that are presented. What is clear is that people need to embrace it, and be supported in doing so.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course K102 Introducing health and social care [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .