The Zesty APIs allow connected care partners to push data into the clinical record. Patients can now play a more active part in their treatment pathway by providing regular feedback to doctors and clinicians via apps, devices and sensors.
One of the first examples of patients providing integrated feedback in a live NHS care pathway is for patients of Professor Oliver Pearce, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Milton Keynes University Hospital.
Pain Pad @ Milton Keynes University Hospital
Professor Pearce is a hip and knee specialist surgeon. He is vice chair of research at MKUH. He is the national lead for Rapid Recovery Programmes for hip and knee arthroplasty with Zimmer Biomet and sits on their European Advisory Board. His research interests are health-technology, remote monitoring, and evidence based recovery programmes from surgery.
Pain Pad Patient Feedback
Monitoring patients’ pain is a critical issue for clinical caregivers, particularly among staff responsible for providing analgesic relief. However, collecting regularly scheduled pain readings from patients can be difficult and time-consuming for clinicians.
Pain Pad is a tangible device that was developed to allow patients to engage in self-logging of their pain.
Patients of Professor Pearce are able to respond to regular pain survey requests using the Pain Pad device with a copy of their response then stored in their patient portal and critically written back into Cerner Millennium, the electronic patient record system used at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust.
Beyond remote monitoring of patients via devices is an exciting world of apps, IoT sensors, education, advice and support. We see connected care playing an essential role in pre visit assessments and post treatment pathways, collecting and sharing data points to help clinicians and healthcare professionals deliver care more efficiently.
A recent report by Deloitte entitled “Connected health How digital technology is transforming health and social care” defines the benefits of connected care further by stating… “The use of digital technology to educate and instruct is an important driver of patient engagement. Surveys have suggested that patients are more likely to be engaged in their health and make better choices about their care if they have easy access to information. Online access is also an important enabler of self- management for patients with chronic conditions.
In addition to benefits for the patient, digital technology can provide invaluable support to carers. Informal carers make a crucial contribution to delivering health and social care, with around 6.5 million carers
in the UK (more than twice the combined health and social care workforce) estimated to save the state some £119 billion a year.53 TEC can help carers understand and support those they care for by:
- providing psychological reassurance
- enabling carers to co-ordinate their work-life-carebalance through supporting flexible hours and remote working patterns (some 2.3 million people have had to give up work to become carers and three million have reduced their hours)
- delivering peer-to-peer support.”
If you would like to know more about the Zesty Connected Care APIs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will be in touch.