HEALTH BOARD’S innovative COPD service shortlisted for prestigious award 

By Lucy Ashton

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s innovative treatment, which allows COPD patients to receive care and monitor their condition from home, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The DYNAMIC project is in the running for the Optimising Clinical Pathways Through Digital award at the inaugural Health Service Journal (HSJ) Digital Awards, recognising the contribution and positive impact this work is having on patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland and beyond.

An expert judging panel will assess the final shortlist before announcing the winner being revealed at an awards ceremony later this year on 22nd June.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 1.2 million people in the UK and is the second leading cause of emergency hospital admission.

This digital service developed by Lenus Health with extensive patient and clinician input at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the West of Scotland Innovation Hub has been successfully evaluated, showing sustained use and reduced admissions, and scaled to 500 patients with COPD across the health board to provide supported self-management.

Dr Chris Carlin, consultant respiratory physician at NHSGGC and project lead said: “The whole team are delighted to have been shortlisted for an HSJ Digital Award, it underlines the hard work that has been going on to improve the patient experience and provide them with the same high standards of care from home.

“We’re seeing more and more patients engaging with the DYNAMIC system and they know that when they have a flare-up in their symptoms, they don’t need to press the crisis button, they don’t need to present themselves to the emergency department, they can speak with an expert through the app who can provide real-time updates, advice and treatment.

“This system not only has a hugely positive impact on the patients using it, but on hospital teams too.”

As part of the project, the world’s first predictive AI models for use in direct care of COPD have also been developed and trialled under the DYNAMIC-AI clinical investigation.

Paul McGinness, CEO of Lenus Health, said: “Transforming COPD care with digital tools has been a critical step towards reducing hospital admissions and making predictive AI a reality in direct care. I am delighted to see the significant impact our collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has had on patients and as a step change in AI for chronic disease care being recognised for an HSJ Digital Award.”

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