Digital innovation in practice

A range of technologies, ranging from continuous glucose meters to smartphones, are providing increased information about patients and their condition; the capacity to process and share data; and the opportunity to provide the data to patients and clinicians in an actionable form. This session will set out the potential for using digital health technologies, focusing on the technologies that will deliver high quality integrated diabetes care. Andrew Farmer will describe the way in which digital platforms collecting clinical measurements such as blood glucose levels not only provide data to clinicians, but also provide a tool for patients to manage their own condition, acquiring skills and expertise to improve their health. Rustam Rea will show how data sharing across primary and secondary care has enabled rapid improvements in diabetes care across the CCG and provided the platform for data analysis and future improved diabetes decision making. As digital health platforms are implemented in the NHS, understanding the different health care needs that they can address will guide implementation and use by both individuals and whole health economies and provide a framework for their evaluation.

Learning points:

  • Describe the ways that digital technologies and health record data can meet a wide-range of health care needs for people with diabetes
  • Provide evidence that integrated use of data can provide patients with motivation, skills and a range of tools to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Understand limitations of the current NHS practice, particularly around integrated care and integration of records that need to be addressed to deliver improved health outcomes
  • Discover the potential of the data that is already available in electronic form within the NHS, and the ways in which it can be used to deliver improved care at a hospital, community, practice and patient level

Tuesday 29 October 2019

10:10 - 10:50

Tech & Digital Health

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Rustam Rea
Consultant in Diabetes and Acute General Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Andrew Farmer
Professor of General Practice, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford