Apps, texts and software are all part of the NHS ‘digital revolution’

An app which allows patients to manage their own health problems may reduce admissions to A&E and take the work load off overworked GPs who can carry out consultations from home.

Patients with chronic respiratory disease in Portsmouth already have a mobile phone app linked to clinicians so they can chart their symptoms and watch videos on how to use inhalers and exercise properly.

After a trial that showed patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder who used the app went to their GP less, it will be rolled out across the area from April.

Now health chiefs hope to launch a similar app, used on mobile phones and tablets, for patients with diabetes and heart conditions.

It comes as the plan to save £577m from the healthcare budget in Hampshire over the next five years under the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is pushing for further use of technology.

Full Article on i News 16th February 2017