With more than 32,500 people in the UK believed to suffer from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and with doctors warning about the dangers of this ‘’silent killer’’ lung condition, University Hospital North Midlands has sought for a way to better monitor the symptoms and offer patients new ways to deal with their condition. Creating a solution required tapping into recent healthcare innovations, leading to the NHS commissioning the Imobisoft team, a long-term partner, to deliver the best software solution for both patients and NHS clinicians in regards to IPF.
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After defining the purpose of the application, the next step was to clearly identify the users and their roles within the system. This involved developing an electronic medical record for each patient using the system, allowing both patients and clinicians to keep track of the patient’s IPF.
As such, the development focus on three core users – the patients who maintain their IPF records, the clinicians that use them to determine treatment, and the system administrators who handle the back-end of the application. To ensure full service to all three user types, Imobisoft created three unique dashboards, each of which is customized to suit the needs of the relevant user.
Patients have the ability to enter their personal details and file assessment logs that aid in the maintenance of their IPF. Via the patient dashboard, users can enter details in relation to coughing, breathing, fatigue, swelling, chest pains, and sputum output, in addition to downloading their assessment logs in either HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Excel formats. Further, patients can schedule appointments with clinicians, send direct messages to caregivers, and access their most recent blood test and Spirometry results.
Through the clinician dashboard, caregivers can examine the most recent patient logs, in addition to viewing an archive of previous logs. This ensures the clinician can monitor the patient’s IPF closely and develop relevant treatment plans or intervene when abnormalities show themselves.
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