This report highlights the important role app and wearable technology will play in healthcare. It finds that the emergence of wearable and app technology in healthcare presents policymakers with an unprecedented opportunity to engage patients in their own healthcare. It concludes that, if care teams had access to user-generated data, it could enrich their understanding of the patient and how best to manage their condition.
Munro, F. et al. IRISS. Published online: May 2016
This evaluation concerns the final aim of the project: To develop a series of co-designed service recommendations, designed to enable older people to experience a well-supported, co-ordinated and positive pathway from hospital to home.
Using a co-evaluation approach with health and social care practitioners we evaluated how the project Working Group recommendations were used in the case study areas and the impact this had, both for those delivering the new pathways, and those receiving care.
The project recommendations were adapted and used in different ways across South Angus and Dundee with specific system changes being applied and tested. These were mainly adaptions that addressed co-ordinating care and improving communication and trust across different practitioner groups.
conducting multi-disciplinary team meetings in community and hospital;
moving some social work function and assessment into the community;
assigning coordinators to manage the hospital/home transitions of an older person.
Buck, D. The King’s Fund Blog. Published online: 17 May 2016
By David Buck
Green space – and its link to improving the public’s health – was one of the areas included in our 2013 report on the evidence around how local authorities could make the most of their existing functions – from housing to supporting employment – to improve their citizens’ health.
I admit, I started out as a bit of a sceptic when it came to the link between green space and health, thinking that the observed relationship between access to more green space and health was primarily driven – especially in urban areas – by the fact that more-wealthy people live nearer green space than less-wealthy people, and the wealthier you are, the healthier you tend to be. The evidence included in our 2013 report started to challenge my scepticism.
I therefore welcomed the opportunity to explore the many and diverse relationships between gardens, gardening and health more thoroughly as part of work commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme, the findings of which are published today in an editorially independent report.
The government requires all local areas to integrate health and care services by 2020. This guidance aims to support healthcare professionals in their role to commission and deliver integrated services to local populations.
Responding to the needs of the growing numbers of people with complex, chronic illnesses is making new and testing demands of health systems worldwide. This discussion paper looks at emerging evidence from Europe and offers ten reflections for policymakers.
This discussion paper highlights three applications of health information technology for people with complex health conditions, and lays out principles to bear in mind when designing, promoting and implementing health information technologies.
This discussion paper explores the issues associated with running large scale, GP-led organisations that provide services beyond the scope of general practice, and offers examples of some of the challenges faced in adapting services for people with complex needs.