08 August 2012
A Safe Mobile Care system, dedicated to helping people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, is being rolled out by Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
West Midlands based Safe Patient Systems developed the system, which uses a touch screen mobile phone programmed with personalised care plans, and is aiming to recruit 27 patients a month to the telehealth solution.
The trust’s general manager of community services, Lesley Lewis, said recruitment was “not going as well as we would like across parts of the county”.
Each day, the phone prompts the patient to answer key questions about their health, with monitoring devices automatically capturing observations related to their condition. Responses are then sent, in real time,to Safe Mobile Care Triage Management software. In the event of a patient’s health deteriorating, an automatic alert is sent to their nurse or doctor.
In a statement released by Safe Patient Systems said the contract has required no high cost capital expenditure and it is being rolled out on a low-cost managed service basis.
“The overall cost of the service is more that 80 per cent lower than the recently published costs associated with the Whole Systems Demonstrator project that means that the system provides an even stronger return on investment for the provider”.
According to Mark Doorbar, chief executive of Safe Patient Systems, the main benefits of the system are the use of familiar touchscreen technology and the flexibility of the software.
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