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National award for app project

ehi awards winner 2017An innovative smartphone app that works with wearable technology and developed with Poole Hospital’s Dorset Epilepsy Service has won a prestigious national award.

The myCareCentric epilepsy tool uses a smartphone app that supports patients to self-manage their condition, linking to a patient’s medical record and improving the ability of hospital teams to monitor patients with epilepsy.

Data collected includes sleep patterns, exercise, heart rate, temperature and sweat levels and can be used to identify when a seizure is taking place and what may be behind it. Patients can also enter information themselves.

Last night (31 October) it was named best app for patients and carers at the national e-Health Insider Awards. The awards, supported by NHS England and NHS Digital, seek to recognise innovation in IT to improve healthcare.

kirsty rogers epilepsyKirsty Rogers (left) has worn the wristband since November 2016, and says it gives her reassurance. It has highlighted seizures in her sleep that she was unaware of, and enables her condition to be managed as well as possible because clinicians have a fuller picture of how her epilepsy is affecting her.

“It’s like a comfort blanket – it’s reassuring that I’m being monitored round the clock,” she said.

“The team at the Dorset Epilepsy Service is incredible and have helped me so much - slowly I’ve become a different person and I deal with the epilepsy so much better now.”

rupert page“This project is all about delivering better care for patients,” said Dr Rupert Page (right), consultant neurologist and clinical lead for the Dorset Epilepsy Service.

“Patient safety is at the heart of this so it’s great to see our work recognised at a national scale.”

“This technology helps us understand how epilepsy affects an individual, as well as giving us a better understanding of the nature of their seizures and impact of treatment.

“It also means that we can more easily provide expert advice and support to the patient on a timely basis.”

The project has also been shortlisted in the ‘supported self-care’ category of the Health Service Journal’s awards, taking place later this month.

The software has been developed by the Epilepsy Care Alliance, a consortium which is led by healthcare software specialist Shearwater Systems and includes Poole Hospital, Graphnet Health and the University of Kent.

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