Freely available technology is helping to transform the way people are able to look after their own health, and interact with the NHS.
The tech, which allows you to do anything from book a GP appointment to monitor a complex health condition, will come under the spotlight at the Bet 365 Stadium next month.
The Health Technology Community Conversation will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18. It will follow the Annual General Meeting of the area’s two NHS health commissioners – NHS Stoke-on-Trent and NHS North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The community conversation will act as a showcase for some of the most easily available tech (some of it developed locally) and give people the chance to try it out for themselves - with some expert guidance.
Dr Ruth Chambers is Clinical Chair of Stoke-on-Trent CCG and a GP with a particular interest in health technology.
She said: “We will be concentrating on types of technology available to anyone with access to a smartphone or tablet. These will become part of everyday life and have the potential to give patients more control over their own health, and to help the NHS deal with increasing demands.”
Patients will be able to find out more about:
- The Manage Your Health app, jointly developed by Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group and the School of Pharmacy at Keele University, which supports patients to manage long-term-conditions.
- GP Online Services, which is designed to support GP practices and allows patients to book appointments without using the telephone, order repeat prescriptions, and even access their medical records
- Skype and similar technologies, which make it easier for patients to have online consultations with doctors and for medical professionals to connect with each other.
Demonstrations of recently developed apps are expected from Keele University, University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) and Diabetes North Staffordshire.
Patients will also be able to find out more about Flo -technology developed in North Staffordshire, which allows patients to monitor their own health conditions at home, and send test results remotely to their GP or other health professional using their mobile phone.
The AGM will allow people to hear about the CCGs’ achievements, the challenges faced, and plans for the future of community healthcare in the area.