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NHS Digital tweeted an interesting question recently:
We believe #healthtech can help people look after their own health.— NHS Digital (@NHSDigital) September 5, 2018
But what do you think?
Can digital tech improve health and help people manage long term conditions?
Hit reply and let us know your views. #Expo18NHS #DigitalHealth #mHealth #medtech pic.twitter.com/25NrSUDVW4
There were some interesting responses:
Oh I love #HealthTech - my @Fitbit & fit bit community keeps me focused on achieving 10,000 steps as a minimum each day 😉 what do you think @HLB27 @NRCUK @NicolaJackson13 @VivJBennett @AgencyNurse @Jem8239 - could we use #HealthTech more with LTC management?? Ty @NHSDigital— Kath Evans RGN RSCN (@KathEvans2) September 5, 2018
Agreed. And it’s not just about the digital tech itself but the peer support that the actual piece of equipment gives you also— Hannah Baynes (@HLB27) September 5, 2018
Tech is a great way to input data or info. For example, when needing to record peak flow for an asthma review. Or number of seizures, headaches, the food diaries etc. - all of these could increase simplicity and ease for both HCP and service user! #healthtech #Expo18NHS #YAexp— Amy Frounks (@AmyFrounks) September 5, 2018
Yes but it’s not about being prescriptive with it ... it’s about enabling ... bet I use my Fitbit differently to the way you use yours ... but both ways are enabling us to get fitter and healthier— Teresa Chinn MBE RN (@AgencyNurse) September 5, 2018
Not for everyone, and not all the time, but when appropriate, I think so, provided it integrates with my life. Tech which is designed without patients and/or is a layer of digital veneer upon flawed processes needs to be avoided at all costs.— Digital Health Futurist 👨💻 (@ManeeshJuneja) September 5, 2018
The World Health Organisation clearly outlined the state of the global populations health with recent data reporting "more than one in four adults globally (28% or 1.4 billion people) are physically inactive." and "Women were less active than men, with an over 8% difference at the global level (32% men vs 23%, women). High income countries are more inactive (37%) compared with middle income (26%) and low income countries (16%)." WHO now have an aim to reduce physical inactivity:
"The new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity sets the target to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 and 15% by 2030."
So what role can / is tech playing in keeping us and the people we care for healthy? It's clear we are not just talking wearables here - Fitbits, iWatches, Moov, Garmin etc - but also things like weight loss apps , activity apps, social media support groups like #NHS1000miles, #NursesActive or #ThisGirlCan, all those things that help to keep us fit and healthy! And what does this mean for nursing and the way we practice?
This #WeNurses discussion aims to ask the following questions:
- What tech can help to promote health?
- What are the challenges of using tech, such as fitness trackers, apps or social media groups, to promote healthy lifestyles?
- What are the advantages of using tech, such as fitness trackers, apps or social media groups, to promote healthy lifestyles?
- What implications does tech such as fitness trackers, apps or social media groups have for nursing and the way we practice?
- How can tech help nurses to play their part in the WHO target to reduce physical inactivity by 10% by 2025 and 15% by 2030?