Briefing / Using virtual reality to improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation

17 May 2022 Catherine Mitchell and Hayley Ringrose
1 CPD hour
Digital technologies such as digital medicine, genomics, artificial intelligence and robotics have a huge potential to transform the delivery of healthcare. These technologies can empower patients to participate actively in their care, with a greater focus on wellbeing and prevention. They also support the prediction of individual disease risk and personalise the management of long-term conditions. 

The HFMA, supported by Health Education England, is delivering a 12-month programme of work to increase awareness amongst NHS finance staff about digital healthcare technologies, and enable finance to take an active role in supporting the use of digital technology to transform services and drive value and efficiency. 

As part of the programme, the HFMA is publishing a series of case studies. Working with organisations who have started on the digital transformation journey, we will identify examples of good practice and highlight the challenges that services face. This will include specific challenges relating to NHS finance.

This case study describes how digital technologies can improve access to pulmonary rehabilitation as a treatment for chronic lung conditions. Virtual reality headsets enable patients to complete the treatment programme from their own homes at a time convenient for them. Early findings from pilot sites appear to indicate that this care model may improve access to treatment, increase productivity and address workforce capacity issues.

To find out more about HFMA’s Delivering value with digital technologies programme, click here

If you have examples of digital transformation to share, please contact Catherine Mitchell, head of costing and value.
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