Careology and Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare have partnered up with the aim of transforming how cancer care is delivered.
Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare, which is part of McKesson UK, delivers home chemotherapy and supports more than 80,000 patients across the UK who will now benefit from the Careology app.
Clinicians will be able to see their patients’ symptoms, side effects, medication adherence and a range of other biometrics remotely via the technology.
Careology was founded by Paul Landau, who recently spoke to Digital Health News about the platform which uses wearable technology to monitor cancer patients from the comfort of their own home, while keeping clinicians and nurses informed on their wellbeing.
Landau said: “Technology has a crucial role to play in helping healthcare providers deliver effective, scalable cancer care, whilst enhancing patient safety and improving the patient experience. Having instant access to this in depth, real-time information will provide consultants with greater confidence when referring their patients to receive treatment at home and outside of a hospital setting.
“This hybrid model of homecare and digital cancer care is truly transformative; we expect to demonstrate that it creates capacity and is also cost-effective, reducing drug wastage and unexpected acute hospital admissions.”
The technology was recommended by Macmillan Cancer Support and is seen has having the potential to change the way cancer care is administered and offers a model for future innovation – digitalising paperwork, taking more people out of hospital and freeing up nurses to offer care where and when it is most needed.
Joanne Upton, deputy head of nursing at Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare, added: “Receiving cancer treatment is an incredibly challenging experience. We believe that having chemotherapy, delivered one-on-one by an experienced nurse in the comfort of your own home, coupled with the enhanced care and safety the platform provides, would make such a difference to our patients’ lives.”
“We are always looking at meaningful ways to improve the experience for our patients and their families. Equipping those undergoing treatment with new technology will give our nurses greater insight into how their patients are coping. It also empowers those they care for to self-manage in between treatment, promote their safety and overall well-being.”
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