The Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA) Test Bed hits a programme milestone this week as they successfully install technology in 100 patient’s homes.
The innovative Test Bed programme is one of seven pilot sites funded by NHS England demonstrating how technology can help people better manage their long term conditions in their own homes. The programme is hosted by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and is an alliance of several partners including; Lancaster University, the Innovation Agency and two NHS partner in North Lancashire consisting of Fylde Coast and Better Care Together; Philips and a number of other innovative technology partners.
The Test Bed aims to help people living with a mild to moderate dementia diagnosis or another long term condition such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), diabetes, or heart failure to better self-manage and receive early clinical interventions where needed to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
The LCIA test bed is providing a range of interventions targeted at four distinct cohorts of patients which are defined by their risk of hospital admission and combination of conditions. At the beginning of March LCIA recruited their 100th patient into the higher risk group.. Mr Albert Laugharne from Fleetwood, explains why he chose to take part in the programme:
“I decided to take part in the Test Bed programme because I liked the idea and think that older people such as myself can really benefit from what the project has to offer. I personally feel more secure with the equipment, as I now know that each day my body changes, the changes will be noticed.
“I am extremely positive about the project and very glad to be taking part. In my opinion the idea is an extraordinarily good one!”
Mr Peter Coopland from Hest Bank near Lancaster is one of the first patients in the programme to use Philips equipment, he explains what he is enjoying about the technology:
“When I was first asked I was unsure what the programme was about, someone kindly clarified all of the details and explained that this was a new setup in the area. In order to take part it was explained that I would have to take my own blood pressure and oxygen levels each day and that I would be provided with a tablet and instruments to record the information. This information would then be directly fed to my GP and my local surgery and any discrepancies with my health would be flagged and dealt with straight away.
“The equipment is very straightforward for me to use, I feel well connected with my practice as they often send messages for me to answer and surveys to provide feedback on how things are going. At the moment they are looking at installing technology that will provide me with visual contact with my surgery, I am particularly looking forward to getting that.
“I decided to take part for a number of reasons; it saves me the frequent trips down to the surgery but it also takes pressure off the surgery and means I am looked after in my own home. The programme is proving a great success as far as I am concerned; I am extremely pleased with it.
“Having the privilege to be cared for at home makes me feel very well looked after!”