London General Practice strides for real time Covid monitoring

By - Primary Care Journal

London General Practice strides for real time Covid monitoring

The London General Practice have partnered with Careology to launch ‘Careology Connect’ to its patients and wider public.

An innovative digital platform, ‘Careology Connect’, has been launched by Careology in partnership with The London General Practice (LGP). The app allows clinicians to remotely monitor their patients’ Covid-19 symptoms in real-time and intervene when medical attention is required.

Official advice states that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate for two weeks, restricting movement and contact with others. The Careology Connect app removes uncertainties for patients about when to seek medical attention by enabling clinicians at LGP to remotely monitor Covid-19 symptoms and disease progression among the 50,000 patients it has on record.

The Careology Connect mobile app, which is available on iOS in the App Store and Android coming soon, connects with leading Bluetooth wearable devices to automatically record users’ temperature, heart rate, weight, and activity levels. Users can also log and track the progression of their Covid-19 symptoms and oxygen saturation, alerting the London General Practice when symptoms are severe enough to warrant further medical attention. Patients can also share this information with remote family and friends, giving them peace of mind from afar. This connected technology is central to Careology’s core Digital Cancer Care platform, which provides support for people living and dealing with cancer.

Richard Pisarski, Managing Director at London General Practice commented, saying: Our focus is to treat our patients as individuals, providing them with round the clock care when they need it most. During the coronavirus pandemic we have listened carefully to our patients needs and have created a solution to help better support them, whether they are at home or returning to the office.

"Our ‘Corona Safety Net’ offer combines clinical video consultations with patient self-management. We send our patients equipment such as blood pressure monitors and Oxygen monitors through the post or by courier, and these vital signs can then be automatically synced with their Careology Connect mobile app. Careology Connect adds to our suite of tools used to provide flexible, personal care to patients which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. ”

Addressing concerns about the UK’s rising number of cases, Careology also aims to ease the burden on the NHS by extending the use of Careology Connect to the general public. This would provide the same access to the app but without the direct connection to London General Practice.

Paul Landau, Founder of Careology, said: “Earlier in the year, as Coronavirus started to take grip, it became clear that our existing Digital Cancer Care technology could be used effectively to help everybody track and monitor any Coronavirus symptoms - making it easy to share if things were improving or getting worse. It also allows people to manage any medication they are taking, keep notes, and even access relevant public health information.

"We thought it was important to launch Careology Connect as a free, stand-alone app, available to everyone. We believe tech-enabled individual self-management paired with remote monitoring plays a key role as we navigate how to live with Coronavirus. ”

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