Technology Supporting People

Campaign encourages people to take control of their health, care and wellbeing using everyday technology.

A new campaign launched by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) encourages people to use everyday technology such as mobile phones and tablets to control and manage their own health, care and wellbeing.

The campaign centres on two new animated resources, which look at how two different people – Bridget and Hew – use technology to improve the way they experience health and care. Bridget is comfortable using a wide range of devices, while Hew is less familiar with new technologies. Both are able to use technology in their own way to help them take control of their health and care. Watch these helpful animations here

In today’s connected world, technology is making it easier than ever before to access information and services. It has changed the way we shop, the way we travel, the way we watch TV – and it can change the way we manage our health, care and wellbeing too by enabling us to stay up-to-date, connected and in control.

From mobile apps that let you share clinical information without visiting a hospital, to video consultations – new technologies offer a range of ways for you to manage your health and care. And you don’t need to be a tech-savvy genius to do it either. Many services, such as text alerts for appointments, can be accessed using just a mobile phone.

Meet Bridget

Technology already plays a big part in Bridget’s life, and she finds it really useful when it comes to staying on top of her health. She uses video messaging apps to speak to her GP, and sends, shares and receives clinical information electronically to avoid unnecessary hospital visits. A wearable smartwatch makes it easier for her to learn more and reach her wellbeing goals. Bridget likes that she is able to connect with her health and care services at any time, on any device.

Meet Hew

Hew is not quite as comfortable with new technologies as Bridget, but he is still able to stay in control of his own care using his mobile phone. Hew makes multiple visits to his GP, hospital clinic, optician and pharmacist each month, and relies on text message reminders to help him manage his schedule.

Find Out More 

Visit https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/17607/technology-enabled-care/technology-supporting-people for more on how technology can empower you to take control of your health, care and wellbeing. You can also search the hashtag #TechSupportingPeople on Twitter, or speak to your healthcare provider to find out more about services available in your area.