Digital Healthcare and Medtech News
4 Oct, 2021
NHSX Digital Health Partnership Award funds the adoption of both myOp and myCOPD in four NHS centres
The NHSX Innovation Development Team has launched the Digital Health Partnership Award. This has been created to help NHS organisations in England to bid for funding to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions focusing on supporting people at home. The Award brings together partners critical to the scaling of digital health technology.
my mhealth have partnered with North Bristol NHS Trust, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust to secure funding from NHSX that will enable the adoption of myOp, an app that supports the prehabilitation of patients prior to elective surgery, and myCOPD, a digital therapeutic for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
myCOPD helps people living with COPD to perfect their inhaler technique with easy-to-follow inhaler videos and helps them to manage their COPD using a variety of interventions such as online pulmonary rehabilitation classes.
To promote digital healthcare North Bristol NHS Trust are introducing myCOPD to patients with COPD. This will support patients who have been admitted to hospital with their COPD, enhancing their recovery at home and reducing their risk of readmission. Patient activation and adoption will be analysed by University of Bath, and the West of England AHSN will report on the outcomes, benefits, and evidence of impact realisation.
myOp is a universal intervention which gives people waiting for elective surgery the tools they need to prepare and recover faster. myOp includes a series of screening tools which clinicians can use to rapidly risk stratify and identify patients at a higher risk of complications. These patients can then be supported with targeted support and interventions.
UHS will deliver this intervention to patients undergoing certain types of surgery. The aim is to initially support patients to use technology to prepare for surgery and improve their physical and mental health. Results will be analysed by UHS alongside Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
my mhealth CEO Simon Bourne commented,
"We’ve witnessed digital services like myCOPD and myOp achieve great adoption across the UK and thanks to the funding provided by the Digital Health Partnership Award digital therapeutics will be available to even more people living with long-term conditions or waiting for surgery".
Dr Harry Thirkettle, the mind behind of myOp added,
Up to 30% of surgical patients experience some form of complication after surgery, leading to increased healthcare costs and a longer stay in hospital for the patient. With Covid-19 leading to huge waiting lists and a backlog of elective surgery, it's more important than ever that we find ways to improve efficiency, reduce complications and length of stay. A variety of prehabilitation interventions can reduce complication rates by up to 50%. We’ve combined these interventions into a single app and we’re confident that with this award, we’ll be able to support many more people from decision to operate to full recovery"
If you want to find out more about this award or how myOp and myCOPD can help your patients or if you need support with an NHSX award application to support your health service's digital transformation, please get in touch here or call us on +44 (0)1202 299 583.
TopicsNHSX Digital Health Partnership Award Surgical prehabilitation COPD NHS Trust