A Birmingham GP and practice nurse have shared their experiences of working on a WMAHSN digital health initiative in industry magazine, the Journal of Practice Nursing.
Dr Matt George and Marianne Davies are both from SPARK Medical Group which covers Sparkbrook and Moseley. Dr George worked with WMAHSN as a clinical champion in technology enabled care services (TECS) introducing two innovative healthcare phone apps to his patients.
“TECS encompass use of technology by both patients and the primary care team to improve delivery of patient care,” writes Dr George “In (my) clinical experience, this has two major advantages: 1. To empower patients to be more involved in, and therefore more in control of their own care. The importance of this cannot be understated.
“2. To potentially improve care of long-term conditions (LTCs) demonstrated via measurable outcomes, e.g. by observing blood sugar/blood pressure data.”
The article concludes: “Those working within the NHS will come under more pressure to work more with less resources available to them. Add into this an ageing population with more LTCs and complex comorbidities, and things are going to get tougher.
“The more we can educate patients, engage them in their health, and give ownership of their health back to them, the better. TECS are useful tools to make day-to-day practice for healthcare professionals easier, and patients’ lives and health better”.
The full article, Hands-on Perspective of Using Technology Enabled Services, is available online via the Journal of Practice Nursing website. A subscription is required but it is free and easy to sign-up.