Epilepsy app shortlisted for award
An innovative app which helps
people with epilepsy and hospital teams monitor the condition more
easily has been shortlisted for a national award.
The Epilepsy Networks Project
has been shortlisted in the ‘managing long term conditions
category’ of the Patient Safety Awards.
Epilepsy tool uses innovative new software, developed by
Poole Hospital as part of a group of providers.
The smartphone app works
with existing wearable technology and links to the patient’s
medical record. It has been piloted at Poole Hospital and, due to
the success of the first trial, is being trialled on larger groups
Patients using myCareCentric Epilepsy wear a Microsoft
wristband that monitors their general health daily, as well as
feeding back real-time vital signs to a patient's
consultant during a seizure. The data collected includes sleep
patterns, exercise, heart rate, temperature and sweat levels and
can be used to identify when a seizure is taking place.
Building a bigger picture of
someone’s seizures over a prolonged period means consultants are
able to identify potential indicators or factors that cause them
and tailor their treatment to match this. Medical staff can also
provide timely guidance and support to patients via the app rather
than waiting for their next appointment.
“This project is all about
delivering better care for patients,” said Dr Rupert Page (pictured
right) consultant neurologist and clinical lead for the Dorset
Epilepsy Service, based at Poole Hospital . “Patient safety is at
the heart of this so it’s great to see our work recognised at a
“Working in partnership to
develop this software has enabled us to focus resources on those
patients who need support as close as possible to their time and
point of need.”
The Patient Safety Awards
will be held on 4 July in Manchester.
The awards recognise and
reward outstanding practice within the NHS and independent