Increase clinic capacity with Inhealthcare's COPD service
In the UK 3 million people have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and it is the fifth biggest cause of death in the UK. COPD is also one of the most common reasons for emergency admission to hospital with 115,000 every year. Our digital COPD service has been designed by NHS clinicians to reduce the number of patients being admitted into hospital unnecessarily.
Our COPD service uses simple technology to monitor patients remotely. Patients can use a device to monitor their blood pressure, temperature, weight, heart rate, C02 and SP02 without having to travel to clinic, or clinicians having to make home visits to collect simple readings. The self-monitoring device is easy to use for patients and they can communicate readings back to their care team via an automated telephone call, SMS, email or our smartphone app – My Inhealthcare. Patients are also asked a series of clinically determined safety questions. All readings are fed directly into the patient record with clinical system integration, including EMIS Web and SystmOne. If readings fall outside of pre-set parameters, an alert is generated to the appropriate care team to make timely intervention.
Our COPD service is powered by our national digital health platform.
The service has been backed by the former health minister, Norman Lamb, who said: “At a time when the NHS is under enormous pressure, it’s more vital than ever that we do everything we can to prevent people from being admitted to hospital unnecessarily, and this digital tool can make an important contribution.” Read more in our blog.
Read more in our blog
Clinicians can monitor trends and intervene if readings move outside expected parameters. This allows for timely intervention and also assists patients in recognising changing symptoms and promotes self-management.Rhona Macpherson, heart failure nurse at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.
Find out more about our COPD service
Read Oliver Lees discuss how Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust are boosting care with our COPD service in his blog.
Our service has been highlighted as a digital health success story in this Channel 4 News clip. Hear from patient Tony and his wife, and a heart failure nurse around the benefits for patients and the NHS.