A digital health service has launched in Hull to help improve the quality of life for people living with long-term conditions such as heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
City Healthcare Care Partnership (CHCP) is teaming up with digital health company Inhealthcare to roll out the service to patients in Hull.
The CHCP Telehealth Service lets patients monitor and manage their conditions and offers personalised support through a variety of medical devices such as scales, blood pressure monitors, oxygen sensors and forehead thermometers.
Patients test themselves during the day and send in their results for assessment via an automated phone call, smartphone app or online portal. If a reading falls outside of what is expected, an alert is triggered for healthcare professionals to take appropriate action.
The service offers a three to six-month educational programme to enable people with long-term conditions to become more independent and recognise their symptoms by enhancing their knowledge of their condition, potentially avoiding admissions and improving their quality of life.
Bryn Sage, chief executive of Inhealthcare, said: “Being diagnosed with heart and lung disease is a life-changing event for people but with close monitoring, patients can maintain independent and healthy lifestyles.
“Our technology allows users to manage their own care with the confidence that a doctor or nurse is at close hand should the need arise.
“Digital services also offer much-needed support to the NHS by reducing the requirement for unnecessary visits to hospitals and GPs.
“Hull is not just a city of culture, but also a city of technology with a proud history of innovation in healthcare.
“CHCP is a forward-thinking organisation which is keen to harness new technology to deliver excellent, compassionate and expert health and care in the communities where it works.”