There have been many reports recently about how technology is enabling or will enable patients to both monitor and be proactive in overseeing their own healthcare. This is an area I am really interested in, and I am very much of the opinion that if you can check so much about your life on your smartphone or device why can’t you check your own health?
The number of people with complex health and care needs is rising. Around 1.9 million people in England already have three or more health conditions and by 2018 this is expected to increase to 2.9 million.
The technology exists for patients to obtain an accurate INR reading themselves, but can clinicians support it?
Marsh Medical Centre, a rural practice in Lincolnshire with around 6,100 patients, has been running a level 4 practice-based Local Enhanced Service for anticoagulation for around 8 years.
INRstar has been deployed across 56 practices in Leicester City CCG, enabling practices to set up new Local Enhanced Service (LES) level 4 anticoagulation services within primary care.
The nurse-led anticoagulation clinic run by Provide at St Peter’s Community Hospital in Maldon, Essex, chose INRstar to support its clinic manage the therapeutic care of 470 patients.