A new app to help individuals across Lancashire with COPD (Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease) manage their illness has been developed by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Intelesant.
The ‘How are you today?’ self-management system is available as a free app for all smartphones and tablets. It allows patients to track their symptoms over time and helps identify any early changes in key symptoms. The app provides information to the patient’s clinicians who can track the individual’s health and enable quick decisions to be made regarding treatment.
Lynne Bax, Associate Clinical Director for Adult Community Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“COPD can be a difficult condition to manage and the ‘How are you today?’ app aims to make this easier. By having access to the app on a smartphone or tablet it provides a daily record of symptoms and allows users to rate how they are feeling. The information the user enters on the app is available to their clinician and can be shared with family members or friends if they are added as an Important Person. By recording their symptoms daily, the user can identify patterns in their breathing and spot early changes to symptoms so they know when to take action.
“We are delighted to be working with Intelesant who have helped us develop the app and turn our idea into reality! We hope this will help patients across the county, and wider, to self-manage their condition which in turn means less hospital or GP visits for them and an improvement to their overall health and wellbeing.”
One app user says that he uses it most days to record how he is feeling and it allows him to spot when an exacerbation is starting and get treatment quickly. He also says that his daughter worries a lot less because she can see how he is through the app.
Jonathan Burr, CEO of Intelesant, said:
“This is an important development in the future of patient care. It’s vital that individuals are provided with tools to monitor their own symptoms and will undoubtedly have a positive effect on how clinicians can determine the right path of treatment and tailor it to the individual. We’re looking forward to working with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the platform together.”
To try the app, COPD patients can contact their respiratory clinician or contact Intelesant on 0161 205 7776. For more information please visit the website at www.howareyoutoday.info