The term ‘technology enabled care' (TEC) refers to the use of technologies (such as telecare, telehealth, telemedicine, telecoaching, teleconsultation and self care apps) to help people to manage and control chronic illness and sustain independence (NHS England, 2015). Technologies used include telephone, video, apps for mobile phones/ tablets and sensors.
When applied appropriately, TEC can improve the accessibility and efficiency of care and is of particular benefit to rural areas. Please see the TEC evidence base for more information.
The following TEDx talk by Daniel Kraft gives an insight into where technology can take us in the health sector:
- CECOPS (2017). CECOPS, Community Interest Group. Available: http://www.cecops.org.uk/ [Accessed 27/03/2017].
CECOPS CIC is a user-led, independent, not-for-profit certification and standards body, aiming to raise the standard of all assistive technology related services across the UK, and beyond.
- NHS England (2015). Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS). Available: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/tecs/ [Accessed 01/02/17].
- Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). (2016). Telecare resources and services. Available: http://www.scie.org.uk/atoz/?f_az_subject_thesaurus_terms_s=telecare&st=atoz [Accessed 01/02/17].
- TSA (formerly known as Telecare Services Association) (2013). Why telehealth and telecare? Available: https://www.tsa-voice.org.uk/health-social-care [Accessed 01/02/2017].
The following videos provide a useful background and context to TEC.
TEDx talk: Let patients help!
Dave deBronkart, aka e-Patient Dave
If air travel worked like health care
Digital diabetes coach
2D animation for Salaso
IBM Watson on health
The Science Center Health and Technology