Once again, locally-developed pioneering approaches to using technology in healthcare have been showcased at a national level.
More than 15 million people in England have a long-term condition (such as high blood pressure, depression, dementia and arthritis) – a health problem that can’t be cured but can be controlled by medication or other therapies. This figure is set to increase over the next 10 years, particularly those people with three or more conditions at once.
With this in mind, primary care (general practice) across the country is focusing on developing confidence, capability and capacity (dubbed the three ‘Cs’) in the workforce in order to cope with increasing demands on services. One solution is to embrace technology that can improve efficiency and also to empower patients to take more responsibility for their own health condition(s).
In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, this evolved with the addition of a further four ‘Cs’ (competence, creativity, communication and continuity) for using technology to help patients take control of their long-term conditions and lifestyle habits.