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What do we mean by digital health and social care?
What do we mean by digital health and social care?

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What do we mean by digital health and social care?


This free course, What do we mean by digital health and social care?, will focus on digital health and social care technologies.

Digital health technologies encompass a range of innovations and interventions. During this course you will explore the different types of technologies that exist in health and social care and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each of them.

You will access policy and strategy in your region and consider what this means for you as health and social care and service users. Figure 1 provides an illustration of the different types of digital innovations currently available.

A list of some of the different digital technologies available: internet of things, digital technology, cloud computing, machine to machine, software defined networking, cyber physical systems, radio frequency identification, wireless network, Wi-Fi, transport, aerospace, autonomous care, health care, wearables, industry 4.0, manufacturing, agriculture, smart city, building management, retail, surveillance, smart home, smart energy, smart meter, smart media, consumer electronics, mobile devices, security.
Figure 1 28 Internet of things icons

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)] .