How technology is changing care in the community
How technology is changing the healthcare industry and the care delivered in the community.
With every new technology invention there’s the opportunity to revolutionise the way we do things. In healthcare, technology is being used more and more to assist doctors, nurses, medical professionals and carers in the day to day care of patients. Whether it’s in hospitals, surgeries or in patients’ homes, technology is becoming the first point of call.
Instead of calling into your local surgery to book an appointment, you can telephone. You’ll receive a text message the day before your appointment to remind you. When you visit the surgery, you can use a computer terminal to confirm your arrival without speaking to anyone on reception. When it’s your turn for your appointment, it comes up on a ticker tape with your name and the room number.
Advances in technology mean you can research symptoms, speak with doctors online, order medication and keep in touch with people with similar illnesses or conditions. Healthcare is evolving, and we need to adjust our attitudes to keep up with the changes.
Technology is enabling us to help more people across a wider geographic area. Consider the use of battery operated pill boxes to remind patients to take medication at a certain time. They can be a lifeline for people to remain independent and continue living in their own homes. Or someone wearing a medical pendant linked to a monitoring station. This gives the reassurance that someone is there, and the pendant can react automatically in the event of a fall or seizure.
Online shopping and food delivery services offer more independence to busy, elderly or vulnerable people. Using these tools voluntarily means more independence and self-reliance without needing NHS or Government help.
We have a changing relationship with technology and those who resist the changes may find themselves needing to adapt as artificial intelligence slowly absorbs some of the human interaction we have taken for granted in the past.
Added: 20th June 2019