Doctors are using technology to help patients with a serious lung disease get treatment in their homes

Medical experts at one of the largest health boards in Europe are exploitation up-to-date technology to remotely monitor and treat people with a dangerous metabolism organ condition in their own home.

NHS lesser Glasgow and Clyde believes the trial, which has ne'er been unboffo before, will improve care for people with degenerative clogging pneumonic illness (COPD), result in less hospital admissions and save the health service money.

COPD occurs when the metabolism organs become inflamed, damaged and narrowed, and normally affects old and older people who have smoke-cured or have been exposed to air pollution. Without treatment the symptoms, which include shortness of breath, chest infections and a persistent cough, normally get worse. The condition affects 1.2 million people in the UK and is the second most common cause of emergency hospital admissions.

Two NHS consultants in Scotland are now trying to change that by exploitation wearable inclination and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to remotely monitor COPD patients’ breathing machines in their homes and vary their treatment accordingly.

“We see around 10 COPD patients a day in the emergency department,” aforesaid David Lowe, an Emergency adviser at NHS lesser Glasgow & Clyde. “Avoiding hospital admission is a priority for patients with COPD and has a significant impact on the health service, which is troubled to cope with accrued demand. It has an impact on the well-being of the patient and reimbursement an average of £6,000 per admission. We could have delivered the same key interventions exploitation antibiotics and steroids to the patient in their home years earlier if we had sight of their decline.”

Chris Carlin, a adviser metabolism doctor, added: “It’s about delivering treatment earlier by exploitation information. If we can empower patients to self-manage their condition, we can significantly reduce hospital admissions. That self-management mightiness be portion them with their breathing, escalating their existing treatment, recommending new treatment or reaching out to the community metabolism team.

“The information is not yet there, so this trial is about making sure it’s integrated and surfaced to clinical teams and the patient.”

By teaming up with KenSci, a company specialising in machine learning that uses Azure to securely store information, and Storm ID, a Microsoft partner that specialises in developing new digitally enabled care models, medics can see patient-reported information and physiology information produced by a patients’ wearable device and their breathing machine, which blows air through a mask at a variable intensity to increase the capacity of the person’s breathing. The patients and clinical team can communicate by electronic messaging through the cloud-based platform, piece the consultants can besides change the ventilation remotely via an online portal.

Chart showing UK deaths from COPD compared with other metabolism organ diseases
(Credit: British respiratory organ Foundation)

“Patients can be sceptered to self-manage their condition, with rescue packs of treatment,” Lowe aforesaid. “Those can be delivered in the community; but it’s about appropriate treatment, so we are not starting people on steroids and antibiotics for no reason. By exploitation information, we can say to patients: ‘This is when you need to take them to prevent you going to hospital,’ rather than telling people to take it because they mightiness just feel a bit worse.”

The trial will include 400 COPD patients, with the aim of reducing hospital admissions by one a year. If boffo, it could be rolled out more wide and used to help people manage other conditions, so much as frailty or diabetes.

The health sector is progressively exploitation cloud technology to improve how it delivers care to patients and reduce reimbursement. In November, NHSScotland signed a “landmark” deal with Microsoft to merge more than 100 separate computer systems and give its 161,000 staff access to Office 365 so they can spend more time focexploitation on patients. GPs, consultants and support workers will now be able to communicate on one digital platform, allowing them to share patient information more easily and reduce waiting times.

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