Faisal studied medicine at Bart’s and the London, graduating in 2013.
Since the start of his career Faisal has been involved in digital transformation, creating a mobile app to guide patient management at his first NHS Trust. He is driven by improving patient care and sees technology as a way to enable this, rather than replace clinicians. His main focus this year is to develop a remote monitoring service for patients, a key area in the NHS long term plan.
Faisal’s work is being supported locally via a technology grant and nationally by collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians.
Problem: The current problem in our local Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD )outpatient service is of clinic capacity. Clinics are currently running over capacity, and many patients who are stable are being seen (in line with national guidance), whilst a significant proportion of patients having a flare in the community are waiting weeks for an urgent appointment. This problem has been seen on a national scale in the NHS in management of all chronic diseases.
Solution: The solution is to transfer stable patients (using validated criteria) to a remote, app-based monitoring system. This has the dual benefit of reducing unnecessary appointments for well patients, whilst freeing up clinic capacity for patients requiring an urgent appointment.
Scale of the project: This project is being piloted at one site, within a 3000 IBD patient cohort. Following a successful pilot it will be introduced into the sister site in the Trust and opened up to other disease areas, starting with viral hepatitis clinics where there is already great potential and support for expansion.
Desired impact: The desired impact is to create a remote monitoring service for stable patients, whilst allowing immediate clinician access to patients with an acute exacerbation.
Progress to date: This project has gained external funding of around £80,000. The project has created a bespoke mobile app for patients and online clinician platform for remote monitoring. The project has identified its first cohort of patients and local IT approval is expected at the end of January 2019 for onboarding of patients in February 2019. Scheduled to launch the service in March 2019.