Over 15 million people in England live with one or more of the long-term conditions accounting for 70% of the health expenditure and 78% of GP appointments. Person-centred care that includes collaborative care planning, social prescribing and behavioural support from multidisciplinary teams has the potential to significantly impact patient management of their condition outside the clinical setting.
To address the issues of poor self-management support for patients with long term conditions, Healum developed a collaborative health information system consisting of a digital care planning software and a patient-facing smartphone app aimed at enabling healthcare professionals to support patient self-care.
The care planning software enables primary care teams to work with patients in identifying health concerns and objectives, while the mobile app provides relevant information and self-management tools to improve patient understanding, capability, and health outcomes. The app also aims to enhance the personalisation and quality of care, improve care efficiency, and increase patient access to support.
Healum’s recent randomised control trial demonstrated positive results for patients with Type 2 Diabetes:
- For patients that used the Healum app the average percentage change in HbA1c over 6 months was -7.37%, but +1.75% for those without the app,
- For patients that used the Healum app 72.41% of them reduced their HbA1c, compared to just 41.54% of those without the app
- Patients with a care plan and app had an average change in their pre- to post-trial EQ5D5L score of 0.0464, compared to -0.0086 for patients’ without the app
- Patients with a care plan and app had an average change in their pre- to post-trial EQ VAS score of 8.2%, compared to -2.8% for those without the app.
- 6,279 healthy choices and actions were undertaken by the 103 patients using the app -, a combination of over 1,000 actions completed, 343 goals joined, over 2,400 trackers used and over 2,200 resource views.