A remote monitoring trial in Leeds will help gain insights on how best to support older people living at home with long-term conditions 

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Leeds has launched a trial of a remote monitoring technology to understand how it can support older adults to live in their own home and reduce the number of visits to the doctors or hospital.

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The Integrated Digital Service which sits across both the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and Leeds City Council has joined forces with Luscii to pilot their healthcare product which helps older adults manage their health conditions.

Empowering patients with remote monitoring

By using the innovative Luscii solution, individuals with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, diabetes, and other long-term conditions or issues can simply track their condition while at home, which it is hoped will lead to improved health and overall wellbeing.

The remote monitoring product Luscii enables GPs and healthcare professionals to monitor and support patients safely from a distance. Patients who have agreed to be part of the trial will be provided with the necessary equipment, skills and training to allow them to use the product with confidence at home.

They will be taught how to measure their own blood pressure, weight, and oxygen saturation, and report these findings using their device back to the GP practice. Individuals will be encouraged to access real-time insights, receive timely notifications, and securely communicate with their GP practice.

This program has a real opportunity to empower patients by investing in tools they can use to stay healthy and manage their long-term conditions from the comfort of their own homes

The trial, which began recently, will run for a number of months with patients who have opted in from Hillfoot Surgery and West Leeds Family Practice in Pudsey and Bellbrooke Surgery in Harehills. It will be closely monitored and evaluated by a team of experts from Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber who will assess if it helps to reduce the requirement for patients to visit their GP practice or attend hospital, and if it improves the overall wellbeing of the patients. All patient information will be anonymised.

Marsha Showman, senior clinical pharmacist at West Leeds Primary Care Network, said: “We are very excited to be part of this collaborative pilot in Leeds, where we get to test with patients the benefits of using the emerging technology in remote monitoring. Allowing patients to measure and record key information in the comfort of their own home. Saving them time in coming into the GP surgery and hopefully preventing them from attending hospital because they are able to understand and manage their symptoms better. We will be able to monitor our patients safely from a distance, if one of their measurements doesn’t look quite right we will take the appropriate action. We look forward to sharing our learnings and journey with colleagues who are interested in remote monitoring.”

Digital transformation and collaborative success

Leonardo Tantari, chief digital information officer, Leeds City Council and NHS (Leeds) West Yorkshire ICB said: “Helping patients manage their own health better in the comfort of their home is a priority for the city. I’m excited to see the learnings from this innovative pilot and hope it helps to meet the needs of the patients involved. It is through collaborative working across a number of organisations that allows for projects of this nature to happen, and I’d like to thank everyone involved in the hard work to date.”

Chris Malone, managing director at Luscii, added: “We are incredibly pleased to be working in partnership with Leeds primary care, third party sector, Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber and digital transformation colleagues. This program has a real opportunity to empower patients by investing in tools they can use to stay healthy and manage their long-term conditions from the comfort of their own homes. It will also help practices streamline access to a more proactive personalised approach to care and help reduce pressure on their systems; ultimately helping support the access to primary care recovery plans.”

Luscii is the world’s most trusted digital health platform, providing advanced features for at-home care in one easy-to-use app. We give patients control of their own care, avoiding unnecessary check-ups and admissions. From advanced remote patient monitoring to patient journey support, self-care, and e-coaching, Luscii is already trusted by over 25 million users.