NHS Highland pilots app for people with Crohn’s disease

NHS Highland is piloting a smartphone app that it says could help to improve the quality of life for people with Crohn’s disease.

Patients with the inflammatory bowel disease are asked to answer questions on their health each day by ticking boxes on the app.

The first project of its kind in the UK, it provides up-to-date information on the condition of patients.

It also helps health staff decide what advice patients need.

NHS Highland nurse practitioner, Lesley Mann, said: “The patients fill in a diary every night.app for people with Crohn's disease

“Patients tick boxes on the app answering questions around their general health every day such as how many times have they been to the toilet or how they are feeling and so on.

“It can be done really quickly – it doesn’t even take two minutes.”

She added: “I look at how well they tell us they feel, look at their bowel movements and I can message them with any advice or support.”

The pilot has received funding from the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Prof Angus Watson, a consultant surgeon at NHS Highland Consultant Surgeon, came up with the idea for the smartphone app.


Full Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-24947252#!

My Health Apps – Updated and new Website

my helth apps


Welcome to myhealthapps.net

myhealthapps.net brings together the world’s favourite healthcare apps –tried and tested by people like you.

We give public, patients and carers a quick and easy way to find trusted apps to:

  • make a difference to your health
  • help you support someone you care for

Each app is recommended by healthcare communities from all over the world, including

  • empowered consumers
  • patients
  • carers
  • patient groups
  • charities and other not-for-profit organisations

We work together with this network to:

  • highlight best practice in health app development
  • highlight the unmet needs of public, patients and carers to app developers
  • bridge the gap between public, patients and carers with app developers to improve the relevance, quality and health impact of apps

The result is the best healthcare apps, recommended by empowered consumers, patients and carers.

Find out more at  myhealthapps.net

Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models

ICTs and the Health Sector

ICTs and the Health Sector

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Publication Date : 03 Oct 2013
Pages : 178
ISBN : 9789264202863 (PDF) ; 9789264202856 (print)
DOI : 10.1787/9789264202863-en

The future sustainability of health systems will depend on how well governments are able to anticipate and respond to efficiency and quality of care challenges. Bold action is required, as well as willingness to test innovative care delivery approaches.

The greatest promise for transformational change is in applications that encourage new, ubiquitous, participatory preventive and personalised smart models of care. A whole new world of possibilities in using mobiles and the Internet to address healthcare challenges has opened up. The potential of mobile devices, services and applications to support self-management, behavioural modification and “participatory healthcare” is greater than ever before.

A key hurdle is, however, the big data challenge, dealing with the exponentially accelerating accumulation of patient data – all of which must be mined, stored securely and accurately, and converted to meaningful information at the point of care. In order to fully exploit the new smart approaches to care, acceptance, privacy and usability issues will also have to be carefully considered.



Interoperability has power to transform patient experience in NHS


Interoperability has power to transform patient experience in NHS, says Andy Kinnear

Andy Kinnear, Director of Informatics and Business Intelligence at South West Commissioning Support Unit, talks about the use of interoperability — joining clinical systems together — to create a better experience for the patient.




On The Line: Patient Access in UK Primary Care

On The Line: Patient Access in UK Primary Care

Telephone triage is increasingly being used as a means to access healthcare, our survey of 1,195 GPs, nurses and practice managers found. With questions targeted at understanding the attitudes of healthcare providers at the individual level as well as activity at the practice level, this survey provides an insight into the subjective experiences of healthcare providers as well as trends in access across general practice.

Over 56% of practices used some form of telephone triage, and this seemed to be considered a convenient and efficient way of providing healthcare with 95% of respondents rating it as either ‘moderately’ or ‘extremely’ successful. However, the quality of telephone triage provided could be called into question, with close to half of providers (48%) having received no training in telephone triage. Furthermore, 13% of respondents said receptionists without a medical background were involved and that a large handful of that group did so without any training in telephone triage or help from a nurse or doctor.

The report includes a foreword from Dr. James Kingsland, president of the National Association of Primary Care, commentary from practices managers as well members of representative bodies such as the British Medical Association to further shed insight on the statistical findings.

Download the report here:  On The Line: Patient Access in UK Primary Care



Betting on Google Glass for surgeons pays off big time for Austin startup

October 29, 2013 4:26 pm by 

Kyle Samani’s Pristine.io is growing at fast pace.Samani presented at DEMO earlier this month andwon a DEMO God award. The company has raised $350,000 so far and is looking for another $100,000. One pilot project of the Glass software for surgeons has started and another will launch soon.

The first pilot was at UC Irvine Mecical Center few weeks ago, testing the Glass software during in-patient and out-patient surgeries in several settings, including the ICU and emergency room. Samani said at the DEMO that the results have been positive.

“Doctors are happy because they are not wasting time running around, nurses are happy because they’re not waiting on their doctors, patients are getting a better, faster, safer experience,” he said.

Samani said that another pilot project will be starting shortly at Banner Health, the largest healthcare provider in the southwestern US with 40 hospitals under management.
Here is an update from the company blog:

We’ve built and are actively testing a HIPAA compliant, first person, audio and video streaming solution called Pristine EyeSight. We’re streaming from Glass to any authorized device on the hospital’s network.

We solve the problem of ‘Can you come over here and look at this?’ This is a profound concept with a diverse set of use cases throughout virtually every avenue of care.

In addition to EyeSight, we’ve also built Pristine CheckLists. They are, as the name suggests, HIPAA compliant checklists on Glass. They’re driving patient safety and operational efficiency. They’re being tested at UC Irvine throughout perioperative settings. In time, we believe we’ll implement checklists throughout the hospital. They’re useful in situations in which the cost of being wrong is high.

We publicly unveiled these apps to the world on stage at the DEMO conference on October 17th.

While I’ve been jumping from GlazedCon to Health 2.0 to the American College of Surgery to the American Society of Anesthesiology and to DEMO, Mark and Patrick have been doing the real work: piloting our software in live patient care environments with the doctors and nurses at UC Irvine Medical Center. We’ve been testing in inpatient surgery, outpatient surgery, the ICU, and the GI lab. We’re still identifying the use cases and opportunities for these technologies throughout the hospital. There are so many to be tackled. Initial responses have been positive from almost everyone at Irvine, even though the product has a long ways to go.

Over the next few months, we’re going to continue refining the product and user experience based on real-world feedback. Although the apps are functional today, there’s an enormous amount of work to be done to deliver a world class user product. The devil is in the details.

Read more: http://medcitynews.com/2013/10/255855/#ixzz2jCowebfS

Pioneering Scottish healthcare institute launched

Date: 29 October 2013
Source: Scottish Enterprise Press Centre

Now there’s even more opportunity for collaboration with healthcare innovators as Scotland’s Digital Health Institute launches.


Innovative efforts to use technology to improve healthcare have been given a big boost with the opening of the new Digital Health Institute in Edinburgh.

With £11 million of funding from the Scottish Funding Council, it’s going to be the focus for collaboration between leading health and care operators and technology businesses across Europe, the United States and Asia.

The Institute’s role is to speed up research and development to produce innovative new technologies that will transform the quality of people’s lives, all with an eye on helping Scotland become an exporter of world-leading healthcare products and services.

With Scotland’s market for digital heath and care estimated to grow to between £0.5 and 1 billion over the next 5 to 10 years, and the Europe-wide market to as much as £70 billion over the same timeline, the ambition for this project is to help businesses based in Scotland to access at least 10% of this Europe-wide market. Not an inconsiderable sum.

The Institute and its partners will offer facilities to develop and test new ideas, plenty of opportunities for collaboration, and support to bring products to market.

At the launch, attended by representatives from Samsung Electronics, IBM, Philips, Deutsch Telekom Celesio, Continua Health Alliance and Lockheed Martin, Professor George Crooks, Chairman of the Digital Health Institute and Medical Director, NHS 24 said: “We already have a number of exciting projects underway and we will see the number increase further now that we are officially open for business.”

Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are supporting the development of the DHI, as well as Scotland’s other innovation centres.

Background information on DHI is available from http://www.dhi-scotland.com