01 March 2021
Health and Community Services patients can now benefit from a free-to-use digital app that helps them to track, manage and understand respiratory, cardiac and diabetes conditions.
My mhealth connects patients with their clinical teams and enables healthcare professionals to offer patients enhanced education and more accessible and efficient services.
The app gives patients easy access to a set of self-management and rehabilitation tools, educational courses, reporting mechanisms, a messaging system, and checklists.
My mhealth has been piloted across cardiac, respiratory and diabetes departments, with over 200 patients benefiting from the new app. 60% of those patients have logged-in every day, with over 800 educational videos being accessed in one week.
It will now be rolled out to all COPD, asthma, diabetes, and heart disease patients who request the app as part of their package of care. Islanders who suffer from any of these conditions are asked to contact the doctor or nurse responsible for their care for more information.
Digital Nurse and Project Lead, Ricardo Da Silva said: "The pilot phase has been extremely positive with fantastic feedback from patients. The my mhealth app is very easy to use and has given patients increased confidence in their ability to manage their long-term conditions. The app allows patients to take control of their experience and to share data with their clinicians to help them manage their treatment together. We are excited to be extending this pilot to all COPD, asthma, diabetes and heart disease patients in Jersey."
Chief Nurse, Rose Naylor said: "This is a really fantastic step forward for people living with long-term conditions in Jersey. The app provides a whole set of easy to use self-management tools, access to educational resources and targeted evidence-based information and advice. It is designed to complement existing health care services and gives people digital access to tools to better manage their conditions for the general improvement of their health and wellbeing."
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf said: "The Government of Jersey is aiming to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by engaging, educating and empowering patients to manage their conditions beyond their consultation with a healthcare professional. As digital becomes more accessible and part of everyday life, it is important that healthcare continues to adopt digital solutions and adapt services accordingly."
Global Transformation Lead for my mhealth, Ian Thompson said: "To be getting this project off the ground at such a crucial time for digital health is a strong step forward for both the clinical services and, more importantly, patients in Jersey. For some patients, getting access to services is not always as easy as it could be, especially during times of lockdown restrictions, and the objective for my mhealth is to ensure healthcare is accessible for all. We are excited to be working with the Jersey team who share our passion in driving this project forward and transforming Jersey's healthcare."