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One of our conference’s speakers this year is Digital Health Consultant Clive Flashman who is Director of Strategy at ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications). In this blog, Clive explores digital transformation and dementia:

There’s an old saying that you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. What has that got to do with digital transformation you may ask? Quite a lot actually.

Digital transformation is disrupting most industrial and service sectors at the moment as they attempt to use digital technologies to improve the ways that organisations interact with their staff, customers and other key stakeholders. Ultimately, this can help to improve organisational performance and potentially even open up new types of services, products and routes to market.

However, all the wonderful technology in the world can’t help an organisation if it doesn’t have the will to change. That desire must be visible at leadership level, and all parts of the organisation must understand the potential that these new ways of working make possible.

Alzheimer Scotland has shown that it has the desire to transform itself and the ways that it interacts with people living with dementia, their carers, and the volunteers that help it to provide the numerous services it offers.

One of the earliest things that it did was to establish a group called Dementia Circle that helps people with dementia and their carers understand what assistive technologies are available, how they work, how easy they are to use, and the potential impact that they might have on the users’ everyday lives.

These technologies can sometimes make the difference between people living independently in their own home and their own community or having to move into a care home. As part of a digital care bundle, support may include TeleMedicine, other remote therapeutic services, TeleHealth (remote health monitoring), Telecoaching and online education. These products can positively transform lives. Alzheimer Scotland is already working with multiple agencies to educate them about these types of products and to encourage their advocacy when assessing and treating people living with dementia.

Digital transformation is an incremental journey that requires solid foundations and open minds. At the Alzheimer Scotland Annual Conference in Edinburgh, we’ll be discussing how you don’t need to be a techno geek to understand some of the simple tools that are currently available, and for those who do need more support, go along to your local Dementia Circle meeting. Visit Alzheimer Scotland’s Annual Conference taking place on Friday 8 June during Dementia Awareness Week to hear more about the digital transformation that the organisation is beginning and its vision for the future.

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