TREATMENT IN THE COMMUNITY
An aging population and more demand on hospital services require refreshingly different solutions to help bring services into the community. None of us want to go into hospital, we want to be treated at home or as close as possible.
At Spirit we can offer remote management of a number of long term conditions and in addition we can help treat some types of non-melanoma skin cancer in the community.
The challenge: Managing Long Term Conditions to Prevent Complications.
Clini Touch Vie provides commissioners, healthcare providers and patients with easy to use innovative technology, enabling a collaborative approach to care with the patient at the centre.
CLINITOUCH delivers real time appropriate interventions, improving the clinical management of long term conditions and preventing acute exacerbations.
The benefits: Proven results reducing healthcare hospital admissions, improving efficiencies in care management and keeping people healthy longer
Clinitouch Vie is a proven system tried and tested for over 15 years and is actively providing award winning innovation in the delivery of care closer to home.
Judges at the 2014 PMEA Award for Excellence in
Healthcare Collaborations & Partnerships wrote:
“This entry contains all the elements that will shape the future management of chronic conditions; technology, collaboration and innovative processes. It reshaped the care pathway and reduced hospitalisations. It is scalable, transferable and will be a model for other commissioners. The NHS needs the benefits this entry provides.”
ClinTouch Vie also enables existing nurse teams to care effectively for more patients at the same time improving efficiencies and outcomes.
ClinTouch Vie delivers improvements in peoples conditions and quality of life whilst reducing hospital admissions.
- Reduction in unplanned hospital admissions
- Enhanced case management capacity
- Proactive prevention of acute exacerbations
- Improve efficieny in healthcare delivery
- Promotes collaborative working with patient at the centre
- Empowers patients in self-care and wellbing
- Supports early discharge and care at home
TAKING LIGHT TREATMENT HOME
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an effective treatment option for certain types of non-melanoma skin cancer giving excellent cosmetic results as it preferentially destroys the damaged cells. PDT involves applying a photosensitising drug to the affected area. Once this has been absorbed a red light is shone onto the area to be treated, which triggers a reaction in the damaged cells causing them to die. After some initial inflammation the skin then repairs itself leaving you with healthy looking skin.
Side effects can include locally where the drug is applied, skin reactions, pain and swelling.
PDT can be delivered with a large light in a hospital and in some cases with a stick on plaster, (Ambulight), which can be taken home to complete the treatment.
The Ambulight PDT light source is different from the conventional light sources. This portable PDT light source enables treatment of appropriate non-melanoma skin cancers in a local community setting.
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