Remote type 2 education platform selected for NHS Innovation

By Editor
30th November 2017
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A low-cost, online self-management platform for people with diabetes and a fully remote programme of type 2 diabetes structured education are among the latest technologies selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

A total of 11 innovations have been selected as part of an event to launch the third year of this NHS England initiative, delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

The NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 25 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across 799 NHS organisations since it launched in July 2015.

Each of the new innovations joining the NIA this year offer solutions to key challenges in primary care, urgent and emergency care and mental health. Recruitment onto the NIA follows an international call and robust selection process, including review by a collegiate of over 100 assessors and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive said: “Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit. More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor’s appointment or hospital outpatients.”

My Diabetes My Way is an interactive website for people with condition, providing comprehensive information about medication, self-management and lifestyle. online self-management platform for people with diabetes. Recent figures suggested that 88 per cent of users, felt it had helped them to manage their diabetes better.

The other diabetes-related initiative selected was the Oviva Diabetes Support programme, a completely remote programme, lasting between 10 to 12 weeks.

It provides people with type 2 diabetes individualised care to support their goals and sustainable self-management strategies. It combines high-frequency one-to-one support from a dietitian with highly engaging evidence-based structured education materials, such as podcasts and videos, that people can access online at a pace that suits them. Participants also have access to the Oviva app to self-monitor weight, nutrition and progress against goals. This approach builds on evidence regarding improving access and uptake of structured education.

Ian Dodge, national director for strategy and innovation at NHS England, said: “Since it started the NHS Innovation Accelerator has continued to deliver for patients and the taxpayer. It’s just one of the ways that the NHS is getting its act together to provide practical help for innovators with the best ideas. From a small investment, we are already seeing very big benefits – safer care for patients, better value for taxpayers, new jobs created and export wins.”

Mike Hannay, chair of the NHS AHSN Network, said: “As a national NHS AHSN Network we remain committed to supporting the NIA to ensure that as many residents, patients and staff as possible can access these innovations, which support primary care and urgent and emergency care needs. We look forward to working with the new Fellows over the coming months to deliver these innovations at scale across the country.”

Here are the other innovations selected to join the NIA in 2017:

CATCH -Common Approach To Children’s Health

Addressing the inappropriate use of NHS services when self-care would be more appropriate, the CATCH app gives parents appropriate and understandable information when they need and want it, via smartphone or tablet.

Dip.io

App which turns a smartphone into a clinical device, providing patients with clinically accurate urine analysis from home in a matter of minutes.

ESCAPE-pain

‘Enabling Self-management and Coping of Arthritic Pain through Exercise’ or ESCAPE-pain, is a six-week group programme delivered to people aged 45+ with Osteoarthritis (OA).

FREED

The FREED ‘first episode rapid early intervention service for eating disorders’ model of care provides a rapid early response intervention for young people aged 16 to 25 years with short (three years or less) first episode illness duration.

Home monitoring of hypertension in pregnancy (HaMpton)

New care pathway involving the use of an app for monitoring high blood pressure at home, empowering expectant mothers to be involved in their own care.

Lantum

A cloud-based tool built to help NHS Providers fill empty shifts in clinical rotas.

ORCHA

ORCHA works with CCGs and Providers to develop health app portals, allowing professionals easy and clear access to a verified resource. This enables them to enhance services and outcomes by finding and recommending the best apps to patients.

RespiraSense

The world’s first continuous respiratory rate monitor, enabling medical teams the ability to detect signs of patient deterioration 12 hours earlier than the standard of care.WaitLess

Free, patient-facing app which shows patients the fastest place to access urgent care services for minor conditions.

Aside from these technology-based innovations there are other effective ways to help people control their diabetes. The world’s largest diabetes forum, diabetes.co.uk, has already shown how effective digital intervention can be by the popularity of its Low Carb Program. More than 250,000 people have already signed up and taken part in the initiative, which is reinventing structured education and redefining type 2 diabetes on an international stage.

Results show it reduced HbA1c by 1.17 per cent, people on average lost 7.4kg, 37 per cent reduced their medication dependency and 50 per cent of participants reserved or put their type 2 diabetes into remission.

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