Every aspect of modern society is affected by technology (Try to think of an industry that isn’t!). Banking, transportation, security, communication, and healthcare all rely on technology in one way or another. But in medicine and healthcare the impact is considerably greater. From electronic medical records, to advances in bio-medical engineering and patient facing technology, delivery methods are changing at an ever increasing rate.
Today there is more emphasis being made by giving the ‘patient’ greater control of their own care with the use of technology. Advances to improve the delivery of healthcare services using technology are rising but are these technological innovations accessible to all, regardless of age or disability?
We are all aware that we are living longer due to a combination of the ‘baby boom’ during the 60’s and from an increased longevity which is unprecedented in the history of the human race. We are also aware that for most of us, age brings with it some health care concerns. With this in mind, accessible, easy to use, interoperable technological products are essential.
Interoperability basically means the ability to work with as many platforms or technologies as possible. Technology has benefited many people with disabilities for quite some time and these technologies need to be considered when designing health care services.
Some disabilities that benefit from technology are:
- Cognitive impairments and learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, ADHD or autism.
- Visual impairment such as low-vision, complete or partial blindness, and color blindness.
- Hearing-related disabilities including deafness, being hard of hearing, or hyperacusis.
- Motor or dexterity impairment such as paralysis, cerebral palsy, or carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
Creating accessible technologies was considered by some as an ‘optional extra’, and that the accessibility industry was a ‘niche market’ but, let’s take a look at some figures.The World Health Organisation say that:
- Over a billion people, about 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability.
- Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes.
- People with disabilities have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care needs
The idea that accessible technological services and products are only relevant for a niche market, is now starting to sound ludicrous. When you combine the percentage of the world’s population with disabilities and our ever aging society, it stands to reason that all services need to be designed with accessibility in mind.
Destek will be attending this event to showcase what can be done to improve on accessible technology design and build and will be providing free information and advice to Health care technologists or individuals on all aspects of accessibility.
We will also provide live demonstrations of the latest assistive technologies and will offer on the spot testing of web based technologies where possible.
We are looking forward to hearing what the Guest speakers have to say on how they see the future of technology within healthcare and eagerly anticipating that ‘accessibility’ has been factored in to the latest innovations.
If you are interested in meeting us at the event and discussing how accessible your Health care technologies are, then email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, call on 01639 895330 or text us on 07846 320198.
For further information related to the services we provide can be found on www.DestekTechnology.com
For more information about the event please visit the Digital Health Conference and Exhibition 2015 website