Basildon & Brentwood and Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are providing licences for the use of a health app myCOPD to support patients with long-term conditions, and the clinicians who care for them.
These innovative CCGs in partnership with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), will use myCOPD developed by a company called my mhealth to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
This specialist app, funded by NHS England’s Innovation and Technology Tarrif provides the most up to date advice on COPD and how to manage it well. It is currently the only app approved by the NHS on the new NHS App store, and allows patients to:
• Perfect their inhaler technique with inhaler videos
• Get expert education on their condition
• Complete online pulmonary rehabilitation in their own home
The app has been developed with clinicians and is offered at zero cost to patients from Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock via their NELFT Respiratory team.
One patient, who has been using the App since June, said: “I have found having access to this app very helpful, I can see it being a great tool for people who like me work full time”.
The Respiratory Team at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital will be providing patients with the app from Monday 30 July.
Jan Minter, Head of Long Term Conditions, Planned Care and Lead for End of Life in Essex, said: “We have been trialling this in clinics for a few weeks now and we hope this will be a useful tool for some patients to support them in managing their COPD. There are thousands of patients with COPD across south west Essex, like all respiratory conditions, there are times when the condition gets worse, or when it’s not so bad. This should help patients to spot the signs of a ‘flare up’ and be able to deal with it better."
“We know that many patients struggle with their medicines, especially inhalers for asthma and COPD and therefore, the drugs never reach the right place to work effectively”; says CEO of my mhealth, Simon Bourne.
Matt Rangue, Chief Nurse at Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “This app is an excellent tool which will help our COPD patients to understand their condition and transform the way they use healthcare services. The app has sections on rehabilitation, inhalers and how to use them correctly, and allows patients to upload reports on their lung function and symptoms to that they can monitor their COPD over time.”
Please note other patients can access the mymhealth apps myAsthma, myCOPD, myDiabetes, myHeart and myTelehealth for a £20-£40 licence fee.