NHS launching free digital health service for chronic conditions

A new digital health platform is launching on the NHS to help improve the way people access healthcare in the UK.

Now NHS app screenshots

The Now NHS platform, developed by telehealth organisation Now Healthcare Group, constitutes of a mobile app and online service that will be free to patients with chronic care conditions and which will work with qualifying CCGs, surgeries and practices.

The service offers remote video consultations with NHS-trained GPs, a platform to help patients manage their medicine usage, a repeat prescription with free medicine delivery and an in-app chat facility and triage service to connect worried patients to GPs and nurses.

Now NHS is linked with the improved delivery of the five domains of the NHS framework and supports the NHS Five Year Forward View implementation which is focused on the way that digital technologies can improve NHS services.

Now Healthcare Group states that that the service will help ensure the cost-efficient and effective use of NHS urgent care services, lower the number of face-to-face consultations and reduce dependence on acute urgent and emergency care in hospitals.

CEO and founder of Now Healthcare Group, Lee Dentith, said: “We are incredibly proud to be introducing what is truly a game-changing platform for the healthcare industry. By providing revolutionary access to convenient healthcare and medicine delivery to over 15,000,000 individuals, Now NHS will empower people to manage their own healthcare through our industry-leading technology, whilst reducing the strain on our country’s increasingly overstretched CCGs, surgeries and GP practices.”

Dr D. Jawahar, Manor Park Medical Practice and chair of Millennium Federation Leicester City, said: “We are excited to be the first trailblazer site for working in partnership with Now Healthcare Group to create additional GP capacity for our patients. As a GP and Federation Chair we fully support innovation and it is great to see what can be achieved when the NHS and the independent sector combine forces to improve patients’ lives – we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Now NHS is set to launch mid-September.

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