Digital health specialist Inhealthcare has launched a new mobile app to help NHS patients track, monitor and manage long-term conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
The app, My Inhealthcare, allows people to send health readings to their doctor or nurse and receive dosing instructions. This means patients can stay on top of their health without the hassle of inconvenient and time-consuming hospital or clinic appointments. The technology is available to patients registered on existing NHS services provided by Inhealthcare in Berkshire, Durham, Lancashire, Norfolk, Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight.
My Inhealthcare tracks INR and blood glucose levels, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels and weight. As well as using the app to send and receive information, patients can set reminders to take their medication and health readings. The app also allows users to keep a daily diary as they track, monitor and manage conditions.
Bryn Sage, chief executive of Inhealthcare, said: “My Inhealthcare is a powerful tool which helps people with long-term conditions to lead more independent lives. Instead of attending regular appointments at hospital or clinic just to provide basic indicators and receive simple information, patients can now harness the power of technology to do this remotely using their smartphones. If adopted widely, My Inhealthcare could also have a transformative effect on the NHS by vastly reducing the number of routine or mundane appointments.”
Patient data is fed directly into patient records using Inhealthcare’s national digital health platform. If readings fall outside of set parameters, clinicians are alerted for follow-up.