Doctors in the UK city of Bradford have collaborated with Microsoft to develop a new patient monitoring system to provide better care and significantly reduce costs.
The pioneering new system has reduced patient visits and saved their practice in excess of £1m a year. They approached Dynamic Health Systems, a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, to develop a patient-facing app to enable local people to take control of their own health online, allowing them to monitor symptoms and set personal goals to improve their condition.
The VitruCare app, powered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Azure, allows patients to use the app to keep track of their condition including things like blood pressure, weight and mobility therefore building a real-time patient record. Healthcare practitioners are then able to monitor the information to determine whether the patient requires care, allowing them to prioritise treatments based on immediate need.
Patients can also provide access to friends and relatives which gives everyone a stake in working towards the patient’s health. The system has been rolled out across the Bradford Practice and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with many saying they find the app easy to use and more offer control over their own health. Data has shown that it has reduced patient visits by 40% and lead to a £1m budget reduction.
Dynamic Health Systems is working with Microsoft to extend the capability of VitruCare in response to the requests of patients and doctors. Today the service serves: Diabetes Type I and Type II, Hypertension, Chronic Heart Failure, Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
The patient workspace connects patients with their eHealth record, direct and secure messaging with their practice, carers and clinicians.
The healthcare professional workspace is interoperable with SystmOne and other legacy clinical systems. It allows direct access to the patients and enables personalised care.
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For more information, visit the Dynamic Health Systems website