24th Oct, 2018

Redditch to pilot new project helping patients monitor breathing issues

Correspondent 8th Aug, 2018

AN innovative project enabling patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to improve how they monitor their condition is being piloted in Redditch.

The focus is to implement ‘Telehealth’ to provide mobile technology support to COPD sufferers.

During the 12-month pilot, a small group of patients will be provided with monitoring devices to support them take a more active role in their care and management of their condition.

Patients will have the benefit of the Telehealth service, which will provide mobile technology to use in the patient’s home, to monitor:

Blood pressure

Temperature

Heart rate

SP02 – an estimate of how much oxygen is in the blood.

Dr Richard Burling, Kingfisher Neighbourhood Team GP Lead, said: “This pilot offers an exciting opportunity to look at the use of mobile technology to enhance the management of patients with COPD.

“The Redditch area has a high number of patients registered with COPD and we hope the approach taken will pick up deterioration in a patient’s condition at an earlier stage, enabling timely, effective and efficient interventions.

“We also believe it will promote self care with improved understanding and education of their condition.”

A spokesperson for Worcestershire Telecare, said: “The first patients have now begun to use their Telehealth solutions and entering their readings.

“Patients have been encouraged by the support and reassurance provided by the service and are excited to be taking part in the pilot.”

COPD is a collective term for a number of illnesses that cause breathing difficulties, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

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