Informatics, digital maturity and data: a workforce agenda (NWS-10)

Networking session
Sunday 12 May 2019, 10:00-11:15
Room R+S

Physiotherapy has entered into an interesting time. Healthcare is undergoing remarkable transformation in the face of advances in digital technologies. Several health challenges have been known to us for some time and share commonalities regardless of jurisdiction: e.g. rising incidences of chronic conditions, ageing populations, resource shortages, changing funding models, etc. However, the digital advance is rapidly evolving and less predictable. Globally, health systems are at different levels of digital adoption and maturity. Regardless, digitisation is having and will continue to have a significant impact on the way we practice as a profession. Physiotherapists are perfectly positioned to steer the informatics agenda and leverage technology to improve both patient care and health system inefficiencies.

This networking session will bring together physios from around the globe to discuss, workshop and table and agenda for informatics, digital maturity, workforce, and uses of data and information to improve care. This is to ensure physiotherapists remain world healthcare leaders in this area. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to):

  • Current state of digital maturity as relevant to physiotherapy
  • Readiness to adopt new technologies
  • Opportunities where physios can lead in this area
  • What digital technologies physios should be taking note of to improve health services
  • What data we need to be collecting and why, and how practice can benefit from greater realisation of informatics technologies for data management and patient care
  • Workforce matters needing to be addressed to ensure we succeed in the digital advance

Facilitators should be available to support discussions in Danish, Icelandic, Maltese, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish. Please speak to the session chair at the beginning of the session for details.