There are lots of advances in technology that could benefit our profession. Developments in machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, genomics and robotics, among them.
All these depend on less sexy areas like records standards and cyber security. All come under the banners of informatics or digital health.
There is a small group of physiotherapists working in informatics and on 5 February some of them gathered at CSP HQ for the inaugural meeting of
an informatics network. They were a mixture of clinicians, managers, directors and innovators; those working in the NHS, private practice and industry.
What we all had in common was an interest, knowledge and experience of informatics.
There have been recent publications of digital health and care strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England, we await the digital response to AHPs Into Action. In the meantime,
we have an exciting level of digital content to the England’s NHS Long Term Plan, as well as the
The time is right to have a network of physiotherapy leaders involved in digital health and care working together to make sure physiotherapy staff are ready. Those attending our meeting explored recent strategy and policy publications, and options for how to take the network forward. Watch this space.
CSP health informatics lead
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