A WMAHSN-supported health app which has been described as “lifesaving" has been downloaded more than a thousand times.
The Manage Your Health app is being developed by Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group, the School of Pharmacy at Keele University and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, supported by WMAHSN. It supports patients in managing long term conditions, including COPD, asthma, diabetes type 2 and back pain, with others to follow in 2016/17. Practice nurses and other front line professionals are now actively promoting it to their patients.
Nurse Ann Hughes, who has previously praised the app and called it a "lifesaver", has signed several of her patients up to the app. She said: "Manage Your Health apps are very easy to incorporate into day to day patient care. The apps seem to be very well accepted and are proving to be a valuable tool in chronic disease management and the standardisation of the care given. They succeed in reinforcing all the ‘best practice’ advice that we relay during consultation."
She also said the app has been well received by the patients she has signed up. A member of Ann’s practice Patient Participation Group gave initial feedback on the app, stating: "I see no reason why it would not work and help in the administrations of drugs for particular patients. So much will rely in the end on the trust that patients have in the system. It would appear to the eliminate the need to book a considerable number surgery appointments (and thus use of a doctor’s/nurse’s time) and the need to travel to a surgery at set and sometimes inconvenient times."