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NHS in Scotland deploys mobile healthcare

Published on 13/08/14 at 02:32pm
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Safe Patient Systems platform

Mobile healthcare firm Safe Patient Systems is partnering with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) to provide mobile healthcare services to patients with COPD and heart failure.

The services will be implemented in the Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire areas of Scotland, a country the firm believes is at the forefront of telehealth and telecare in Europe.

Patients with COPD will start with telemonitoring via tablet/mobile devices at their homes that enable them to maintain contact with specialist nurses, in order to enhance their care and avoiding the need for travel. 

Once stable, they will be moved to what the firm calls ‘moderate level’ telemonitoring, eventually stepping off the service altogether. The devices will also be used for longer-term remote monitoring of heart failure patients. 

Janice Kinnaird, project manager for the programme in NHSGGC, says: “We are looking forward to testing the difference these tablet devices may make to patients and those who care for them. Our COPD patients will be the first in the UK to be recruited from hospital and receive the devices within 24 hours of discharge.” 

NHSGGC is participating in the United4Health (UNIversal solutions in Telemedicine Deployment for European HEALTH care) study, which is pan-European and designed to assess the organisational and economic benefits of using telemonitoring to manage home-based patients with chronic diseases. 

David Morgan, medical director of Safe Patient Systems and a consultant surgeon, says: “Our Safe Mobile Care solution is discreet and intuitive, making it simple for clinicians to set up and for patients to use. Over time, we find that patients learn to manage their own health and no longer require the same level of technological support in order to stay well.” 

Safe Patient Systems was born out of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in 2005, and its platform uses mobile and cloud-based technology. 

Digital health forum meet-up

Meanwhile, recently British and Commonwealth innovators came together in Scotland to discuss the evolution of digital technologies in order to improve worldwide healthcare. 

Public Health England, GSK and BUPA talked of their involvement with a ‘Be He@lthy Be Mobile’ programme at a digital health meeting in Glasgow. 

The focus of the forum rotated around digital health which was said to encompass telehealth, e-health, m-health, and communications. The aim of the meet-up was to discuss utilising these key areas along with technology in order to allow:

  • technologies that can be worn on the body and installed at home to keep patients out of hospitals and empower them to take control of their health
  • technologies that give clinicians, managers, and researchers the tools they need to deliver care, and develop more effective treatments
  • technologies that make health systems more efficient, by ensuring the seamless transfer and analysis of vital information. 

Brett Wells

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