The Business Post Live’s 2022 Smart Health Summit takes a deep dive into the practical implementation of digital healthcare solutions. Under a theme of ‘digital technologies transforming delivery of heath and care’ this year’s event will explore how data insights and technology are being used to improve care, access and user experience following the impact of Covid-19.
Taking place at Croke Park on September 28, a series of presentations and discussion sessions will showcase digital tools that are innovating service design, supporting integration, improving population health management and reducing health inequalities. Digital health technologies are here to stay. It will continue to gain support and momentum, in turn empowering citizens and playing a pivotal role in the design, delivery and innovation of health and care.
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MEET THE SPEAKER
Shona D’Arcy, Founder, Kids Speech Labs
A digital health leader for over 15 years, Shona D’Arcy has a PhD in speech recognition technology and has combined her academic prowess with expertise in ideation, prototyping, clinical validation and regulatory approval to solve the problem of waiting lists for speech and language therapy. D’Arcy, one of the speakers at the 2022 SmartHealth Summit, has experience across a range of clinical applications from remote cognitive health assessments, smart inhalers and neuromodulation treatment for tinnitus. She has always focused on the patient’s experience and how tech will impact their lives.
What is the biggest opportunity to add value in healthcare delivery?
“At Kids Speech Labs we are focused on supporting Allied Health professionals specifically those in the paediatric services. In many areas of healthcare early identification and intervention is key to ensuring a concern has the least impact on a person’s life. Children’s developmental services are chronically overrun and delays in assessments and subsequent intervention are compounding developmental delays adding to the frustration of families and ultimately increasing the costs of delivering these services. We have seen real impact and value in taking the experience of remote monitoring and support in other areas of medicine and applying it to children’s speech and language therapy.
The biggest opportunity we’ve seen is how we are empowering parents to deliver intervention strategies outside of the therapist office. As demand increases and supply of clinicians dwindles we need to develop effective strategies to ensure therapy, treatments and lifestyle changes continue outside of the face-to-face sessions. We can learn from otherindustries such as elearning, gaming and sports industries, coupled with the regulatory requirements for digital health solutions there are exciting opportunities to deliver solutions that can fit into people’s lives and affect meaningful changes.”