NHS prescribing apps

NHS to start prescribing health apps that help manage conditions

The future of healthcare could be in your pocket.

Two new medical apps that help people monitor their health at home, reducing their need to visit a doctor, are set to be rolled out to as many as four UK National Health Service trusts over the next year.

The apps, which are currently being trialled in four hospitals in Oxfordshire, UK, transmit patient data from a tablet or smartphone directly to clinicians. According to Ilan Lieberman, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s council on telemedicine and e-health, such apps will have a huge impact on the management of chronic diseases.

The SEND app helps keep tabs on patients’ vital signs Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The SEND app helps keep tabs on patients’ vital signs
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

One system, called GDm-health, helps manage the treatment of gestational diabetes – a condition that affects about 1 in 10 pregnant women. The smartphone app lets women send each blood glucose reading they take at home to their diabetes clinician.

“Now when a diabetes midwife logs on between clinics, she will see all the patients who are most in need of attention,”

says Lionel Tarassenko, of the Oxford University Institute of Biomedical Engineering, who led the development of the technology.

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