The Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and digital healthcare company Isansys Lifecare have together secured funding from NHS England’s Transformation Directorate to scale an at-home patient monitoring trial.
As part of the trial, Alder Hey will use the Patient Status Engine (PSE), a wireless patient monitoring system that incorporates unobtrusive wearable sensors which monitor the young patients at home, as if they were in hospital.
Carol Rowlands, head of nursing, community and mental health division at the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very excited to be teaming up with Isansys to deliver a first-of-its-kind technological solution that will enable our clinicians to safely monitor patients remotely, collecting data around the clock for timely intervention. Our patients and families will benefit from being in the comfort of their own homes with the assurance that our clinicians are regularly reviewing the data and being alerted if any vital signs are out of the ordinary.”
The technology will collect real-time data on the patients’ heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and body temperature and send alerts or early warnings to the hospital if the patient is in need of support. PSE also allows care teams to provide personalised care plans for patients and is designed to eliminate the stress and disruption of admission, or readmission, to the hospital.
Keith Errey, CEO of Isansys, said: “Isansys is excited to collaborate with Alder Hey to help to build a healthier future for children and young people using digital technology. Our PSE will enable more patients to leave hospital safely and be monitored in their own homes by healthcare professionals."
"Our technology is designed not only to help doctors and nurses to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care, but to make it easier for them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.