Online care for COPD patients

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will soon be able to access an online tool to help them self-manage their condition following a pioneering decision by NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

NHS North Lincolnshire CCG has endorsed the use of the myCOPD online tool created by my mhealth, for patients with COPD. This is the first time a CCG has enabled patients to manage their myCOPD (002)COPD online.

The system is expected to be made available to patients this Autumn.

myCOPD can be accessed 24/7, via the internet and provides education, pulmonary rehabilitation and disease management tailored to the individual patient. Patients with COPD can use their smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer to manage their health.  myCOPD advises on when to take certain medication and how to do exercises that could reduce the risk of patients suffering a potentially fatal exacerbation of their illness.

The online tool makes it easier for COPD care to be delivered by clinicians and accessed by patients on a scale never seen before in the NHS. In clinical studies, myCOPD has been shown to correct 98% of inhaler errors without the need for clinical intervention.

Dr Simon Bourne, my mhealth CEO and respiratory consultant, said: “We are really excited to be working alongside North Lincolnshire CCG in delivering a unique way of enabling patient self-care. As respiratory clinicians, it is important we are able to offer patients the education, training and resources for self-management.

“By using myCOPD, patients will be able to view their inhaler videos, learn about chest clearance, record their symptoms and more.”

Dr Bourne, who is also an NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow, added: “We are in a crucial time for the NHS. As clinicians we are asked to deliver a greater quality of care with less funding. With myCOPD, North Lincolnshire CCG will be able to increase the reach of care to more patients than ever before whilst simultaneously have a real time overview of how the COPD patient population is feeling.”

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, welcomed North Lincolnshire CCG’s decision to implement the myCOPD online tool.

He said: “I am delighted that a project we have supported through the NHS Innovation Accelerator is to be made available to North Lincolnshire patients. myCOPD is a great example of how clinicians and digital innovators can work together to improve the lives of patients and empower them to take control of their condition.

“myCOPD has become a symbol of the success of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme and it was fantastic that Simon Stevens referenced the innovation in one of his most recent speeches to NHS leaders. The NHS Innovation Accelerator 2016 is currently open to applicants and we are keen to hear from people with great innovations that will benefit patients.”

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The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) aims to improve lives through fast tracking cutting-edge, low cost innovations to the forefront of the NHS. In its first year, the NIA has supported 17 fellows to introduce their high impact, tried and tested innovations – ranging from apps, IT platforms, new models of care – into the NHS.