Wow, that’s a lot for an app to do I hear you say. You are right, it would need capabilities way beyond what is possible solely with a smartphone app. However "my favourite app" bit.ly/oPqDX6 an NHS owned, low cost innovation “Florence” aka “Flo” is already doing all of this and a lot more, working with unlimited single conditions and co-morbidities sharing data instantly across primary, secondary and 3rd sector teams, but what it does not have yet is a smartphone app for patients.
The system is already inclusive, using SMS to communicate and the great majority give it a 5 out of 5 for ease of use. However although patients already get automated, personalised instant feedback (advice, education and reassurance) it would be a huge leap forward if a smartphone app were available for the patient front end featuring:
-Accessibility options for graphical manual input
-“in-app” storage of data
-“in-app” storage of patients own comments against data input
-Presentation of data in charts and graphs
-bluetooth links with clinical devices such as thermometers, weighing scales, Blood pressure meters, blood testing devices etc.
Making Flo slicker and more attractive for us app believers is all well and good, but more importantly it would also extend Flo’s great capabilities to cohorts of patients and social care users currently excluded due to accessibility, dexterity and inability to use SMS or mobiles.
“Flo is actively supporting the need to look holistically at patients in line with the QIPP LTC work stream.” Sir John Oldham: National Clinical Lead – Quality and Productivity, DoH
Details at www.stoke.nhs.uk/simple bit.ly/p7Zstu