PATIENTS with long-term health problems will soon benefit from the latest technology enabling them to monitor their condition from home using a mobile phone.
Birmingham Community Health is rolling out the Safe Mobile Care system to hundreds of patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, helping to provide a better quality of life thanks to the pioneering touch-screen mobile phone technology.
Solihull-based Safe Patient Systems developed the telehealth solution, to create a lower cost, more familiar and easier to use platform that could better enable care of people with long-term conditions closer to home. The technology had been piloted in South Birmingham demonstrating the ability to not only reduce hospital admissions by 65 per cent but to also increase the potential productivity of valuable community services resources, saving both money and time.
The Safe Mobile Care system uses a touch screen mobile phone specially programmed with personalised care plans. Every day the phones prompt patients to answer key questions about their health whilst monitoring devices capture important observations using wireless technology.
The system has also been found to lower care costs by reducing the number of preventable hospital admissions.
The system from the Blythe Valley Business Park-based firm was selected by Birmingham Community Health because of its mobility and ease of use for patients.
Mark Doorbar, chief executive at Safe Patient Systems, said: “The main benefits of the system are the flexibility of the software and its use of touchscreen mobile phone technology that makes it easier to meet people’s aspirations for more independent living while being supported by relevant healthcare professionals.
“This represents the best value to the NHS as well as providing flexible software to best support operational and clinical pathways that enable patients to monitor their condition in a discreet and convenient way.”