Virtual Clinic app will enable patients to manage their long term conditions by managing them more effectively on a daily basis. It will also mean that families will not have to travel long distances to attend a clinic at specialist centre unless it is absolutely necessary.
In health care industry any innovations as part of a wider informatics strategy is aimed to improve efficiencies and quality. Any innovation need to be Patient focused and user friendly aimed to improve the patient experience with any health care institution and beyond. IMobisoft have partnered with Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS, for the promotion of Virtual clinic app to be implemented by a wider health care community in the uk and abroad.
Based on the BCH findings we present the following:
Virtual clinic app is very unique which complements and contributes to the Electronic Patient Record planned for BCH and any data collected by this system could be made available through the clinical portal. The Trust has some experience in using telemedicine and wishes to use a unique service transformation project aimed at patients with chronic long-term conditions. Currently, patients with such conditions are seen in the outpatient’s clinic at a predetermined interval, based on
an informed ‘best guess’ of when a change in their chronic condition may have occurred. The majority of these appointments are therefore at a time when no intervention is required and the consultation generally consists of providing reassurance and ongoing advice. In contrast a patient’s condition may have changed in the interval between these pre-determined clinics and
if they had been seen at this time an intervention could have been started earlier, potentially decreasing morbidity and preventing the need for more complex interventions or a hospital admission.
Providing parents or a young person with immediate feedback on how their lifestyle or treatment impacts on their symptoms also provides immediate personalised education to help them selfmanage their condition. Evidence from controlled clinical trials suggest that the empowerment created by teaching self management skills is more effective than information-only patient
education and can both improve patient outcomes and reduce costs for the wider healthcare community. We believe that the functionality of this novel innovation app could be applied to the vast majority of chronic long-term conditions which are currently managed with regular outpatient clinic appointments. We plan to pilot this virtual clinic app initially in a small defined population,
those with Chronic Constipation, Anorectal Malformations and Hirschsprung’s Disease.