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People are being encouraged to self-manage their healthcare...Academics explore if the UK is ready for this approach?

A pioneering £37 million research project involving the University of Strathclyde could give people more control over their own health and wellbeing with the aid of digital healthcare services.

Initial findings have been published on the progress of the pan-UK programme, called Demonstrating Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale (dallas), which has been tasked with making such technology-assisted living a reality.

From wearables to smartphone apps, people are being encouraged to self-manage their healthcare and promote their wellbeing proactively by using new technology. Academics will seek to find out if the UK is ready for this approach.

Researchers, from the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Newcastle, have identified five key challenges and three fundamental issues that should be addressed for future large-scale implementation of digital healthcare tools and services.

Dr Marilyn Lennon, of the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Science, said:

There is a lot of excitement right now about the way mainstream technologies like smartphones and wearables can help us to more independently maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“The dallas programme set out to explore how technology-enabled care can be adopted more widely by both citizens and organisations such as the NHS. The programme explored how to actively engage people in taking control of their own health and wellness and become owners and controller of their own health data and how this data can be shared in useful ways with health and social care professionals so that people can live longer more independent lives.

“Our paper explores what the current barriers are to achieving digital healthcare at scale and initial findings on how the dallas programme worked to shift the paradigm of care in the UK.”

Read the full academic paper here

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