3.1 Advantages of digital health and social care technology
Digital health and social care technologies have had an increasing impact since 2010, and from previous activities in this course you will see that in the UK, both nationally and locally, digital health technologies are now part of policy and strategy moving forward. The advantages of these technologies are wide-ranging and they can help to change and improve health and social care for service users, providers, people and professionals working in these sectors.
The next activity will encourage you to think about your experiences of digital health and social care technology and what advantages there might be.
Activity 4 Advantages of technology to you
As well as providing the potential advantages of digital technology, Imison et al. (2016) also outline the benefits of delivering digital health and social care based on a research project which is outlined in Figure 4, which depicts a summary of the digital landscape, with the patient and service user at the centre of what is done in health and social care.
Think about some of the technology, both from the video and in Figure 4 above, and think about when and how you might come into contact with digital health and social care technology. This might be as a service user/patient, in your workplace, education or more widely.
|What level is the technology you are thinking of at? Patient, professional or organisational?|
|What type of technology is it?|
|Does it have a positive or negative impact, and who is it impacting upon?|
|Why do you think this? For example, did it make your experience better? Did it result in better quality of care?|
Now decide whether digital health and social care technology will have a positive or negative impact in the future.