The ageing population and demographic shift that is occurring in Scotland and the rest of the world necessitates the evolution of health and care services more than ever before.
Long term conditions are becoming increasingly more prevalent and self-management is vital to the patient’s health and wellbeing, as well as being instrumental in alleviating the pressure on the health services.
It has been said that the health service must improve in efficiency by 35% or £3.5Bn a year. The current health and care infrastructure cannot deliver these efficiencies, and an integration of health and social care services is required. The potential of digital health solutions to help deliver on these outcomes is therefore fundamental.
There is a plethora of new policies within Scotland driving towards a health service which is person-centred and therefore empowers people to be able to better self-manage their long term care. This shift away from a paternalistic health service into a service where the people can take a more proactive role in the management of their care opens a myriad of possibilities for innovative self-management services that can engage and empower patients and clinicians towards a healthcare partnership approach.