Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Borough to benefit from digital health care

By James Renoux-Wood - Fri 20 January 2017, 2:25 pm

Healthy ageing innovation centre, Care City, has launched a digital initiative in Barking and Dagenham to improve outcomes for people with conditions such as dementia, reduce demand on the NHS and help people engage with health problems.

The digital service for GPs and other health professionals to use will provide patients with digital prescriptions based on a person's long term condition and location, taken directly from electronic patient records. Initially the project will focus on dementia, before being implemented for other conditions.

Care City is one of five national health and social care test beds, and is the only one in London. It spans four boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. It seeks to test new approaches to service patients, assessing whether such measures have the capacity to improve serious conditions.

A quality improvement function was also launched this month (January 2017) to determine and address the challenges that require people from local health and care groups to work collaboratively.

Dr Matt Jameson Evans, chief medical officer of HealthUnlocked, said: “Dementia has life-limiting consequences and can be a devastating diagnosis. Alongside the personal impact, treatment of the condition puts significant pressure on both carers and the health system.

“By opening up support and services to those affected by dementia, we can dramatically reduce this pressure and give people a far better quality of life, by ensuring they have the best type of care, support and treatment from the NHS, social care, voluntary and importantly access to other people going through the same thing.

“This is a first of its kind, digitally advanced service that has the potential to radically change self-management in healthcare, in particular for people with dementia in London.”

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