This event, at the Royal Society of Medicine on 10th June, will explore how technology can be used to help people change their behaviour to look after themselves better, both promoting good health and preventing disease. If the NHS is ever to be “saved”, encouraging self-care will clearly be essential to balance the increasing demands on the NHS from our ageing population. Technology, sensitively introduced, offers one great way of doing this, by gently encouraging important lifestyle changes.
Responsibility for encouraging people to adopt this technology falls on everyone in the health and care sectors and beyond (for example the built environment), not just Primary Care. It will require joint working across disciplines and between sectors. It will also require technology that people, including end-users, carers and clinicians, find desirable; otherwise they will never stick with using it. This meeting organised by the RSM Digital Health Section will showcase some of the latest initiatives. The meeting will give care providers, commissioners, planners and developers an understanding that will help them frame their local strategies and implementations and show what should be possible in the future…and as always the RSM charitable status means low, low, prices!