Digital health startup Suvera, has partnered with NHS South East London Integrated Care System (ICS) to pioneer a transformative programme to improve hypertension control across South East London borough Lewisham.

The six-month program will contribute to addressing health inequalities and enhancing patient outcomes using Suvera’s integrated virtual care solutions.

Suvera has affirmed its commitment to deliver robust and innovative healthcare solutions. The forthcoming program has a primary focus on enhancing hypertension management in Lewisham, an area challenged by low hypertension control rates. Suvera’s expert team of clinical pharmacists will implement proactive and interactive care, risk prioritisation, and triaging of remote blood pressure measurements to address these critical health concerns.

The partnership aims to improve patient outcomes by addressing health disparities related to Cardiovascular Disease, given the significant impact of CVD in England. The initiative specifically targets Lewisham, where some surgeries rank in the bottom 1% for hypertension control and where Black and Minority Ethnic groups, along with people in low income households, are disproportionately represented in the uncontrolled hypertension cohort. Together the partners are aiming to enhance hypertension control to meet national targets of 77% of patients in control, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Suvera, who are on the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme, will offer a hybrid virtual service where independent prescribing clinicians carry out virtual reviews for hypertensive patients and offer full end-to-end care management. The service will feature multilingual engagement automations and accessibility features for visual impairment and will concentrate on patients already diagnosed, getting them to target control. Succeeding in these objectives will contribute to considerable prevention of strokes and deaths, reducing the devastating impact this can have on individuals and families and supporting cost savings across the system.

Ivan Beckley, founder and CEO of Suvera said: “We are thrilled to partner with NHS South East London ICS to transform hypertension management in the area. Having worked with practices across the country, our technology-driven approach is well positioned to significantly improve outcomes. As we rapidly expand our services across London and the UK, we are genuinely excited about making a positive impact on patient outcomes across Lewisham. This collaboration signifies a significant step forward in our mission to enhance healthcare accessibility and outcomes through innovative virtual care solutions.”

Ian Ross, Associate Director of Planned Care, Long Term Conditions & Cancer, NHS South East London ICS, added:“High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. We are delighted to be working with Suvera to provide additional support to our residents in Lewisham to improve their blood pressure management. Through this partnership, we will help to reduce the risk of serious medical events that can be life changing for individuals and their families”.