Chairs: Professor Ahmet Fuat
Speakers: Beverley Bostock-Cox, Professor Mike Kirby, Dr Chris Arden, Dr Sarah Jarvis, Professor Jamie Waterall, Dr Alan Begg
Come along and listen to the lively debate about the benefits or implications of using the internet in Primary Care.
Examples of the case FOR:
We and our patients live in an ‘always connected’ age. They can shop and bank 24 hours a day, and they expect similar access to healthcare. At the same time, consultation rates continue to rise – up from 3.9 in 1995 to over 6.2 today – and we have a workforce crisis in primary care.
By using the power of technology, we can improve patient access without increasing our own workload further. Directing patients to appropriate online education; using online triage to direct patients safely to more appropriate sources of help; accessing real-time patient results; and online consultations can all help target scarce healthcare resources more effectively.
Examples of the case AGAINST:
If knowledge is power, misinformation is disempowering
Medicine and nursing is an art, not just a science
Information technology doesn’t care
Internet reliability isn’t a face to face consultation
Come along and vote for your champion.