Cardiac patients fitted with heart monitors at home thanks to tailored system from Leeds firm
Cardiac patients will be able to avoid having to go into hospital and instead have heart monitors fitted at home thanks to a new clinical system created by a Rawdon based company.
EMIS Group has created the EMIS Web system - accessed via laptops - which will enable a specialist team of GPs, cardiac physiologists and cardiographers in East Sussex to safely assess and manage 3,000 patients a year in the community rather than sending them to hospital.
Through data-sharing agreements with individual practices, GPs with a special interest in cardiology (GPwSIs) can view the patients’ full medical record held by their own GP, enabling more informed care.
Patients will then be able to be fitted with heart monitors at home or in a community clinic rather than attending hospital - cutting the waiting time from 18 weeks for a first out-patients appointment to six weeks for fitting by a community specialist team.
The specialist team can also do echocardiograms.
The company said their aim is to keep cardiac patients out of hospital by offering timely, high quality care close to where they live.
GPwSIs can securely access the specially-developed EMIS system from wherever they are based, meaning that the service can solve local recruitment difficulties by employing doctors living anywhere in the UK with a reliable internet connection.
The system was created within a few weeks for the specialist team, with customised training and support to ensure it met all of their needs.
Dr Matt Jackson, a GPwSI and director of Integrated Cardiology Solutions said: “The ability for our doctors to view a referred patient’s full care record via EMIS is the most important benefit.
“We get limited information from a remote consultation compared to seeing a patient face-to-face. We can’t examine them or observe their current state of health, so we rely on what they tell us, but this is significantly less over the phone or video than they would give us face-to-face. Being able to see their complete care record and medical history helps us to fill in the blanks and ask the right questions to make a robust diagnosis.”
Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, chief medical officer at EMIS Group said: “The Community Cardiology Service is a brilliant example of how patients with complex needs can be cared for in their own homes by specialist GPs using joined-up technology.”