DigitalHealth.London Accelerator SME Medicspot has announced that they are rolling out a health diagnosis system across the UK that allows GPs to assess patients remotely amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Medicspot is installed at GP surgeries and allows doctors to see patients remotely and carry out tests including temperature, oxygen levels and heart and lung checks without the need for PPE. This self-service station guides the patient on performing an examination on themselves whilst the doctor is there to ensure that the patient is doing it correctly.
This technology offers protection to both GPs and patients during the current COVID-19 crisis as the latter can be seen without a physical examination. This also means that those GPs self-isolating at home can continue to work and look after their patients.
All manufacturing associated with the product is performed in the UK and Medicspot has further strengthened its supply chain so that it can keep pace with the demand it is experiencing and continue to help GPs to better manage their COVID-19 response. Installations can go live within one week of the first enquiry from a GP practice and training is provided for both doctors and other practice staff.
Dr Zubair Ahmed, GP and Medicspot CEO, said: “This innovative technology could prove to be life-saving amid the current coronavirus outbreak. With retired GPs returning to work to support the NHS at this time, and a reported quarter of healthcare professionals in self-isolation, the ability to remotely diagnose patients removes the associated risk to GPs and patients of contracting the virus. It also lessens the current pressure around PPE provision, which has been in short supply.
“In addition, this system will give GPs the ability to restart their scheduled chronic disease services. Patients with conditions such as high blood pressure, COPD or asthma are not being monitored due to the present situation and it is imperative that we do as much as we can to help restart this review process when the time is right.”
Five GP surgeries have already installed the new system, including The Goldborne Medical Centre in Kensington; South Downs Health and Care in Eastbourne; Willows Health Centre in Leicester; and St Andrews Health Centre in Tower Hamlets. Many more are waiting to be installed in practices from Greenwich to Warrington.
Dr Yasmin Razak, GP Principal at Golborne Medical in Ladbroke Grove, West London, said: “We installed Medicspot last week as a solution to assess patients without danger of COVID-19 transmission and also to be able to treat patients that were suffering from different illnesses.
“We can fully assess the ENT, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and more all without risk of infection to either doctor or patient. The value of the remote oxygen monitoring is unmeasurable. It is the nearest we can get to a face-to-face consultation at the moment and in all likelihood, for months to come. It is an amazing tool and there is no other solution like it available – it is 10 times better than the next technology.”
Medicspot is on the current cohort of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme. Dr Zubair Ahmed said: “The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme has provided us with vital guidance on how to meet the needs of healthcare systems and has helped connect us with experts in the field.”
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