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Trial of remote monitoring of patients begins in Leeds


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Image source: NHS West Yorkshire

Leeds’ Integrated Digital Service has begun a trial of remote monitoring technology to understand how it can support older people with health conditions to live in their own homes.

The service, which sits across NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and Leeds City Council, is working with technology provider Luscii on the project.

It is monitoring people with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes under the Hillfoot Surgery, West Leeds Family Practice and Bellbrooke Surgery. Their conditions are monitored by a team from Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber, who will not be able to see any identifiable patient information.

The trial has recently begun and will run for a number of months.

Marsha Showman, senior clinical pharmacist at West Leeds Primary Care Network, said the trial is testing the benefits of emerging technology.

Saving time

“Allowing patients to measure and record key information in the comfort of their own home, saving them time in coming into the GP surgery and hopefully preventing them from attending hospital because they are able to understand and manage their symptoms better," she said.

“We will be able to monitor our patients safely from a distance, if one of their measurements doesn’t look quite right we will take the appropriate action.  We look forward to sharing our learnings and journey with colleagues who are interested in remote monitoring.”

Leonardo Tantari, chief digital information officer of Leeds City Council and NHS (Leeds) West Yorkshire ICB, said:  ”Helping patients manage their own health better in the comfort of their home is a priority for the city.  I’m excited to see the learnings from this innovative pilot and hope it helps to meet the needs of the patients involved.”

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