People living in North Yorkshire are being invited to contribute their ideas on how digital technology can be developed to provide better, more joined-up health and wellbeing services in the future.
Called My Health, My Tech, the strategy is being developed by the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board and the final version will provide a ten-year plan of how technology can be used to help people to live well; receive information, support and treatment when they need it and make choices about how their care services are provided.
As well as looking at innovative health care digital technology and products, the plan will also look at how developing technology can be used to help organisations to work together to provide an integrated approach to health and wellbeing services.
County Councillor Michael Harrison, Chair of the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Developing a strategy that explains how we can make use of digital technology to provide the best services possible for local people is a priority for us.
“Delivering health and wellbeing services across North Yorkshire is a complex challenge – large parts of our county are very sparsely populated and very rural in places. This means people who need and provide health and wellbeing services may have to travel long distances to use and deliver them. We continue to invest heavily in infrastructure such as superfast broadband throughout the county, and we need to see how we can use this investment to benefit our communities more widely.
Amanda Bloor, Accountable Officer for North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Scarborough Ryedale CCG) and Vice-Chair of the Board, said: “This is an opportunity to take a fresh look at how we harness technology to deliver better health and social care outcomes for our population. We invite everyone to be part of this conversation.”
The North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board is holding a series of drop-in workshops where people can meet board members and colleagues and share their ideas on how My Health, My Tech can be developed. The workshops will also give people the opportunity to watch demonstrations of some of the technology solutions available and try them out for themselves.
The workshop dates and drop in times are:
- Monday 25 February - The Street (Hall B), 12 Lower Clark Street, Scarborough YO12 7PW from 1pm–3pm.
- Friday 1 March – Maypole Suite, Allerton Court Hotel, Darlington Road, Northallerton DL6 2XF from 10.30am–12.30pm.
- Tuesday 12 March – Oak Suite, Cedar Court Hotel, Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AH from 1pm–3pm.
People who would like to contribute their views but are not able to attend a workshop can take part in a survey at http://www.nypartnerships.org.uk/myhealthmytech
The webpage also contains further information and a series of scenarios that show how future health and wellbeing services could look for people living and working in North Yorkshire.