Our award-winning care app for epilepsy aims to improve the treatment and quality of lives of those with epilepsy by combining the latest in wearable technologies, integrated care records, machine learning and data analysis tools to allow greater information gathering and sharing between patients and care teams which can reduce hospital admissions and improve patient outcomes.
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and can cause repeated seizures. Around 600,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with epilepsy and patients often have to visit hospital many times for tests and consultant appointments to discuss and amend their treatment.
myCareCentric Epilepsy is being used by Poole Hospital to help improve the treatment and quality of life of patients with epilepsy across Dorset.
Poole Hospital 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.
How it works
myCareCentric Epilepsy works by bringing together all patient information (held by the GP, by the acute Trust and by any other parts of the care community) into a single record so it can be shared throughout the community. This is achieved using the CareCentric integrated record solution.
By adding full healthcare data & lifestyle capture via wearable devices, other connectable health monitors, and smartphones. The app captures data such as sleep patterns, exercise, heart rate, temperature and galvanic skin response.
It presents clinicians with the information in a single dashboard view, accessible via the web or mobile applications, so they can review and decide on the most appropriate next steps. This allows clinicians and patients to interact directly and in real time, with huge benefits for patient care and support as well as efficiency. This is done through the myCareCentric Personal Health Record.
myCareCentric epilepsy detects seizures using machine learning (in this case the Microsoft Azure platform). Seizures are tracked and monitored. The pattern and frequency of events is visible to the clinical team in real-time. Analysis of this data using machine learning could help individuals identify increased risk of seizures.
"This project is all about delivering better care for patients”, said Dr Rupert Page, consultant neurologist and clinical lead for the Dorset Epilepsy Service. “It enables us to focus resources on those patients who need support, and at their time of need. This has significant quality of life benefits for the patient, and cost benefits to the health service by reducing outpatient and emergency department visits, preventing hospital admissions and cutting medication bills.”
- Dr Rupert Page, Consultant neurologist, Poole Hospital
The one key thing for me is about being able to have a safety net and a support system so I can actually regain my independence. What tends to happen now, particularly if I am out on my own, is that I end up back in an ambulance or in A&E. I hope to get better control of my seizures and ideally to get the life back that I used to have.”
- Sean Hamilton, patient
myCareCentric Epilepsy has been developed by a consortium called the Epilepsy Care Alliance whose members are The System C & Graphnet Care Alliance, the University of Kent, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Shearwater Systems.
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