Topic 1: rurality

The distance to services, in particular specialist services, and the sparse population served, was raised in virtually every break out group. This rurality underlies most other challenges. Video calls and virtual consultations (perhaps including some form of telepresence robotics) are generally sugg

Posted by RayJones on the 22nd Nov 2017.

RayJones - OK, so let's get this discussion started. Numerous examples (eg dietetics, physiotherapy, specialist outpatient or advice) were suggested, requiring less or more changes to fit existing working practices. One example of a very specialist service was a signing for deaf or translating ‘video call service’ with a new ‘tech-enabled’ SME service run by health and social care professionals with website support. Technology supporting this might include desktop robotics (eg Kubi) with a tablet computer using video call software such as Skype but also considering others using less bandwidth such as Google Duo or VSee. Others discussed the idea of SMEs providing and maintaining video call booths in familiar settings such as village halls so that older people would be able to access both remote health services but also family members. Which of these do others want to focus on?

keds - I would like to focus on having and maintaining video call booths in village halls. I think this is a great idea to keep isolated people connected to health care professionals as well as family members and friends.


woolfie - Ray, this format is good for gaining qualitative insight. You could also use the poll feature if it’s a simple case of canvassing opinion on a list of options.