Flo telehealth project lifts another national award

Posted on 13 November 2015 (Permalink)

A WMAHSN-supported initiative to support people with long term conditions has landed another national award.

Work on diabetes undertaken with Simple Telehealth/Flo was recently awarded national joint Quality in Care (QiC) award winner in the “Best initiative for prevention and early detection of diabetes and complications” category.

The award-winning work, entitled “Does intensive management of patients with diabetic kidney disease using a protocol-based, nurse-led clinic improve renal and cardiovascular outcomes?” was led by Susan Irwin, Diabetes Nurse Specialist, under supervision of Dr Parijat De, Consultant Diabetologist, both of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr De said: "Diabetic nephropathy is a major cause of premature death in patients with all types of diabetes in Sandwell and West Birmingham areas. This award is a testament to the hard work in a difficult disease area, utilising innovative telemedicine support, including Flo technology, and we are very pleased with the success.”

The team set up a protocol-driven, diabetic renal nurse-led review clinic to specifically target education and adopt an ‘ABC’ approach along with telemedicine support from Flo, evaluating results over three different time periods between 2003 and 2014 in a mixed ethnic population. There were statistically significant reductions in HbA1c, patient satisfaction scores were high and medication compliance increased. A quarter of patients were referred to a Low Clearance Renal Clinic in a timely manner as per renal/NSF guidelines.

The WMAHSN, through its Simple Telehealth/Florence Exemplar 2014/15 project, has provided resources and support to this service in the use of Flo.

The judges commented: "There is a lot of potential here and it IS transferrable to other trusts and centres around the country. Love the statement, ‘patients like the service and are eager to attend and have commented on the time they get to spend with the nurse…’ in this climate, that is a fantastic achievement from a patient perspective."