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What do we mean by digital health and social care?
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4.1 Using technology in health and social care

You may well have experienced or used digital technology where you live or work; many people use smartphones, mobile apps and you will have been using the internet to access this OpenLearn course. Integrated and electronic patient records are becoming more and more popular and you have seen from the different activities in this course that people are broadening their use of digital technology.

The next activity provides some examples of digital technologies across different parts of the UK; you might have already heard about these, however, some might be completely new to you.

Activity 6 Map of technology of healthcare

Choose one of the UK nations, either the one you live in or one that interests you, and watch the associated video (and associated link if provided).

England

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Wales

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Scotland

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Northern Ireland

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Additional resource: Northern Ireland Electronic Health Record

Part 2

Next, watch the following video.

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Now choose one of these case studies and write a short summary. In it, you should:

  1. summarise the technology used
  2. state a benefit of the technology used
  3. include a summary sentence that states why you chose this example and if you think it is a worthwhile use of technology.
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Discussion

When you wrote your summary of the technology you should have been able to identify some of the benefits that it’s providing for people and/or organisations. These are likely to include improved communication, sharing information, improving quality of, access to and the experience of care, efficiency and cost saving.

An example post might look similar to the example below:

DRIFT: Disseminating Research Information using Facebook and Twitter

  1. This project used the social networks Facebook and Twitter to bring together parents and carers of children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It provided information about research and quality standards on the topic of ADHD and helped patients and the public understand what the research was saying and whether it was of good quality.
  2. The use of online social networks like this brought together patients from around the world, the project provided useful information and support for parents and carers of children with ADHD.
  3. This was a useful project because it proved to be an efficient and cost-effective way of reaching a lot of people.