The Role of Healthcare and Social Care Professionals in Supporting Access to and Engagement with Healthcare Technologies

Helen Hawley-Hague, Ellen Martinez, Norina Gasteiger, Claire Ford, Emma Stanmore

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This chapter explores the role of the health and social care professional in supporting patients’ access to a range of health and social care technologies and some of the evidence for their use. It presents the role of mHealth and teleconferencing, exergames, virtual reality, and robots in healthcare and how health and social care professionals can facilitate access to these technologies for patients and clients. It also explores examples related to aging and long-term conditions and the additional impact of aging and digital exclusion. We provide some key recommendations for engaging health professionals in the use of digital health technologies, reflecting on how theoretical models related to innovation diffusion can help us understand how best to implement new technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies in Healthcare
Subtitle of host publicationInterpersonal and Client-Based Perspectives
EditorsChristopher M. Hayre, Dave Muller, Marcia Scherer, Paul M.W. Hackett, Ava Gordley-Smith
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781003860785, 9781003272786
ISBN (Print)9781032215785, 9781032224985
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameRehabilitation Science in Practice Series

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