Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have received £1.2m of new NHS funding to develop innovative digital technologies and treatments that could lead to thousands of fewer hospital admissions nationally. Three products are being developed for the NHS Test Beds programme, that will aim to lower A&E admissions for people with chronic long-term heart problems.
Carl and the team at Bitjam are working with the three other SME’s (Simple Telehealth Ltd, Signum Health Ltd, Health2Works Ltd), recruited to integrate the technologies plus the NHS Trust to develop the new Heart Failure service.
The projects aim is to enhance the heart Failure care pathway, using bespoke patient-education materials, telehealth and referrals to appropriate third-sector services. When it is rolled out nationally it is estimated the project could lead to 24,000 fewer hospital admissions, 240,000 fewer bed days and save £60m.
Dr Ruth Chambers OBE, Clinical Chair for Stoke-on-Trent CCG, said: “In Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire we have led the way in the use of this kind of telehealth technology, including the pioneering Flo system developed locally. This technology is good for patients and good for the NHS.
“Patients feel both supported and empowered when they are able to report back on their symptoms and see that there is something that can be done about it. Patients don’t want to be rushed into hospital if it can be avoided.”
Carl, director at Bitjam, said: “I’m delighted to be involved in such an innovative collaboration between tech developers and the NHS. We are proud to be involved in a project that benefits not only patients but the local economy.”
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