myCareCentric Epilepsy wins best app award at EHI Awards
1st November 2017
Graphnet and its partners in the Epilepsy Care Alliance (Poole Hospital, University of Kent and Shearwater Systems) are thrilled to have won a prestigious industry award for their innovative smartphone app that works with wearable technology to transform the lives of those with epilepsy.
The myCareCentric Epilepsy uses a mobile app that supports patients to self-manage their condition, links to a patient’s integrated digital care record, and improves the ability of care teams to treat patients with epilepsy.
Data collected by the app and wearables (e.g. sleep patterns, exercise, heart rate, temperature and sweat levels) is shared with care teams in real-time which enables faster response and support as close as possible to the time and point of need.
The technology provides auto-notifications and an easily digestible dashboard which helps health professionals quickly understand how epilepsy affects the individual, as well as giving a better understanding of their seizures and impact of treatment. The volume of data facilitates machine learning applications to provide both longitudinal (personal) and cross-sectional (cohort) insights using Microsoft’s Azure software.
It was named ‘Best App for Patients and Carers’ at the national EHI Awards last night. The awards, supported by NHS England and NHS Digital, seek to recognise innovation in IT to improve healthcare.
Kirsty Rogers has worn the wristband since November, 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. The team have helped me so much - slowly I’ve become a different person and I deal with the epilepsy so much better now.” she said.
“This project is all about delivering better care for patients,” said Dr Rupert Page, consultant neurologist and clinical lead for the Dorset Epilepsy Service, based at Poole Hospital. “Patient safety is at the heart of this so it’s great to see our work recognised at a national scale.”
Ian Denley, director of Graphnet Health and Shearwater Systems, added “We are delighted to receive this award amongst such worthy competition. Our team has worked hard to deliver real, life-changing benefits to our patients and empower them to take control of their own health. We are looking to extend our myCareCentric model to other long-term conditions to alleviate pressures on the NHS and care services.”
Piloted at Poole Hospital, myCareCentric Epilepsy has demonstrated a number of benefits to both patients and clinicians including:
- Increased patient safety, faster speed of response and support.
- Reduced morbidity, admissions and length of stay.
- Less follow-ups, releasing clinical time
- Greater patient engagement.
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.