App to help Crohn’s patients

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NHS Highland, aloF32 WEB NHS CCUK app funding 1nong with Crohn’s and Colitis UK (CCUK)and openbrolly.com, a local digital health company, have created an award winning app for patients in the Highlands and Islands, writes reporter Katie Carabine.

With the app, patients can directly message their care team and receive information about their disease which may help them to guide their own care.

The app can also be used to record daily symptoms, which are then displayed on the NHS Highland intranet where they can be viewed by staff.

Now money raised by the local CCUK group will be used to create video infographics which will be sent to patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease via their smart devices.

These technological advances mean the clinical team can now record the details of telephone and video consultations in real time and this information then goes straight into the hospital and primary care electronic records, so patents still get all the advice they need and all the information can be recorded without them having to come into hospital.

The learning from this approach is being shared as part of NHS Highland’s work on Transforming Outpatients which is responding to patient feed-back around ways of improving the quality of patient care.

NHS Highland’s IBD team recently won a top prize at national level for innovative care for patients with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.