A recent survey conducted by the Oxford Medical Sciences Research Council (OMRC) found that the field of medical science has reached “a tipping point”, with more than 50 per cent of respondents reporting they have used medical technology for some kind of healthcare purpose in the past 12 months.
“We are seeing a shift away from the clinical, and towards the medical, and I think this is a trend that is starting to really resonate with people,” Dr Sarah Haines, OMSRC executive director, told the BBC.
“It’s a shift that’s going to continue, and people are starting to think, ‘I can do this.'”
Dr Hainess said that despite the popularity of medical technology, the field was still a young field, and needed to “continue to grow”.
“There’s a lot of potential in this, there’s a huge amount of potential to do really interesting things,” she said.
The survey found that 73 per cent respondents reported having used medical tools in the last 12 months, with just under half of respondents citing them as being the most useful in their care.
The report also found that healthcare technology has changed how people are thinking about healthcare.
For the first time, nearly one in four respondents reported using a smartphone or tablet for healthcare.
More than half (52 per cent) said that the device could be used for everyday tasks, while one in three respondents said they could be taken to the toilet without using their mobile phone.
Dr Hains said that technology could be the solution for people struggling to access the right care, but that “in some cases” the device would be a more useful tool than the doctor.
“I think that if we really want to move towards the future where we’re not just talking about medical technology as a means of health care but we’re talking about all sorts of things, I think that there are things that we can do to be more mindful of what we’re doing,” she added.
In a further indication of the growing use of technology, nearly half of people (47 per cent), or 47 per cent, said that they had used technology to diagnose, treat or prevent illness.
The survey also found nearly two thirds (63 per cent): “I have been able to find information in my job and in my research that is very useful and relevant to me”. “
When we look at what the NHS does, and the health systems, and health services in general, I believe there is a lot more technology that we need to use.”
The survey also found nearly two thirds (63 per cent): “I have been able to find information in my job and in my research that is very useful and relevant to me”.
“This is not a new idea, it’s been around for a long time.” “
More than two thirds of respondents (63%) said they had taken the NHS to a doctor or other health care provider to get their blood pressure checked, and nearly one third (32 per cent)? “
This is not a new idea, it’s been around for a long time.”
More than two thirds of respondents (63%) said they had taken the NHS to a doctor or other health care provider to get their blood pressure checked, and nearly one third (32 per cent)?
“I haven’t had to get that done in the NHS, and if I had I wouldn’t have taken that, because I don’t think that is the right way of doing it,” said Dr Haining.