We have packaged up life-changing clinical input into an app and are providing it to patients through our existing remote condition management platform, to help them recover safely and comfortably from home.
It will evolve continuously over the next 12 months as it learns from the data and the use of AI.
It is clear that COVID19 survivors still suffer from debilitating symptoms of tiredness, breathlessness and anxiety many weeks and months after the peak of their infection – a group often known as the COVID19 ‘long-haulers’.
Understandably hospitals are limiting bringing patients in for face-to-face appointments to stop further spread of infection but there isn’t enough clinical resource to support individual patients across this range of symptoms after they have been discharged.
When they do seek help, patients often still have trouble remembering to do their exercises and often miss or skip appointments.
This results in it often taking longer to see the desired improvements in outcomes, DNAs are increased and the treatment cycle is unnecessarily lengthened.
The programme includes an app for patients providing tailored advice, treatment plans and suggested exercises, and also supports clinicians with a dashboard to review patient progress and communicate, and a clinical pathway for how to provide safe, remote support.
The first version of the rehabilitation tool targeted three primary on-going symptoms being reported – fatigue, anxiety and breathing problems but subsequent versions are targeting neurological problems, depression, taste and smell and other prevalent symptoms.
There is an exciting roadmap of iterative development of the existing Covid Recovery product to meet new needs including 6 separate new product releases over a 12 month period from September 2020. This includes making increasing use of data to drive more intelligent and personalised digital programmes for patients. We are aiming to make significant improvements in patient outcomes.
The app is in use at Barts Health hospitals, and is rolling out to other UCL Partner hospitals. It is an additional aid that complements the existing rehab pathway.
It is early days but feedback is positive.
Respiratory physician Dr Paul Pfeffer, Barts Health NHS Trust
Psychologist Dr Stuart Linke, UCL Primary Care and Population Health and Camden and Islington Mental Health NHS Trust
Physiotherapist Hannah Hylton, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Barts Health Patient
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