This app is developed for people with dementia and their carers.
Dementia is a life changing condition mostly in later life and is increasingly recognised as an important clinical and social problem with devastating consequences for the patients and those who care for them. Accessing appropriate information and services for people with dementia and their carers is vital in their continuing care and management.
This app development is led by the idea inventor/originator Dr Latha Velayudhan in collaboration with NHS Leicestershire Health Informatics Service (LHIS) and Older People’s Mental Health Service (OPMH), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
It is intended that the app can be used by people with dementia and their carers at any point or stage of illness so that they can use guidance to help them to manage various aspects of their life and more importantly signpost them to an array of services and organisations that provide specialised support and information, locally, regionally and nationally. There is also information for dementia risk prevention. Signposting information is categorised, such as, finances, transport, employment, living well, relationship etc. with contact details for these resources and links to websites such as Alzheimer’s Society, NHS choices and YoungDementia UK.
The dementia app is aimed at patients, families, and health professional alike. The app aims to empower and guidance for self–management with appropriate information, knowledge and support following diagnosis.
The Oxleas Dementia App was developed as a joint venture between NHS Leicestershire Health Informatics Service and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Combining skills from both organisations (clinical knowledge + technical knowledge) to create something really exciting. The use of apps is not only more engaging as information is presented on a multimedia platform, but the use of text, audio and video is also much more accessible.
Here at LHIS we pride ourselves on our ability to use the latest technology available to help our customers make improvements, and efficiencies in their organisation, or to their customers!
This is a prime example of that ethos. Mobile application technology may seem out of reach to many organisations, however this is not the case. As you can see from the apps we have now made available on the Apple and Google Play Store, mobile app technology can be used for many things from simplifying and improving business as usual activities, such as patient communication and education, to enabling tools such as wireless availability.
This is a definite growth area for the industry, people are accessing information when and where they want to, and mobile apps allows you to target this audience directly, in the comfort of their own home, on the bus, or as an additional tool to be used in consultation with a customer/patient.
Do you have an idea for an app? Contact a member of our team today and we will use our expertise and experience to turn your idea into reality!
I am very impressed by the support and quality of work delivered by LHIS. They were very friendly and approachable in addition to their high standards of professionalism throughout the project. The team is very motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic and went beyond their limits in completing the tasks and sticking to the project deadline.
I wish LHIS much success and would recommend them to anyone considering developing similar apps.
PRISM Product - The facility to be able to find a wide range of resources and guidelines, all located within one single IT system which can be accessed immediately is long overdue- and most welcome!
Dr Tom Rowley,
Having access to PRISM has streamlined my referrals in the 2 week wait pathway. I know I’m sending the patient to the right service with the right information. As we put more resources onto PRISM, I am confident that this will make the life of the busy GP easier, and patient care will benefit as a result. The patient will be seen in the right clinic by the right clinician first time and everyone will benefit.
Dr Tony Bentley,
The team listened to the requirements, took time to understand the national and local requirements needed to ensure the feedback was captured appropriately. We had early design meetings to ensure we were happy with the app display and function. For the roll out of the app to services we had very comprehensive support and understanding from the team, great communication on updates, technical issues, user errors and general queries. As a service we have made changes to the questionnaires throughout the process and these changes have been quickly and efficiently managed. Teams ‘on the ground’ have also benefited from the fantastic support from the team, when they have had queries with the app and the devices. The database behind the app has also improved the efficiency of collating the feedback. Working with Sarah, Kerry, Mo and Rachelle from HIS has been a great piece of partnership working, and a I have learnt from them and the experience.
CHS Patient Experience and Learning Manager, CHS Governance team
I am very impressed by the support and quality of work delivered by LHIS. They were very friendly and approachable in addition to their high standards of professionalism throughout the project. The team is very motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic and went beyond their limits in completing the tasks and sticking to the project deadline. they were quick in amending/ updating the content based on expert suggestions and involved clinicians in designing and developing the app. They helped in project management ie: writing the proposal, strategic planning, approval process and exploring publicity and awards. More importantly LHIS were heavily involved in marketing the app to various healthcare organisations, presentation in various academic conferences and producing the leaflets. My special thanks go to Sarah Ost who lead the project on behalf of LHIS, Kerry Cyster and Gemma Clayton. All of their input resulted in the app being nominated for the PEN (Patient Experience Network) National Awards in March 2016. I wish LHIS much success and would recommend them to anyone considering developing similar apps.
Dr Girish Kunigiri MBBS, MD (Psy), DNB (Psy), MBA (Quality Management),
Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult, Clinical Director East Midlands Mental Health Clinical Networ
I greatly appreciate the support; quality and professionalism of the entire team at LHIS who helped with YOD app. They were very friendly and approachable. The team is very motivated and enthusiastic and would go beyond their limits in completing the tasks. Although it was new venture for us as clinicians and them to be working in such an area, they were quick in understanding our clinical needs, they attended patient and care focus groups for improvising the App, amended and updated the content based on expert suggestions and were great team players to work together in designing and developing the app. More importantly LHIS supported immensely in marketing the App, presentations in various academic conferences, and producing the leaflets/pamphlets. My special thanks to Sarah Ost, Service Delivery Manager, who lead the project on behalf of LHIS; Kerry Cyster, Product & Customer Support Officer, for designing and for vigorous quality check; and Gemma Clayton, Business and Marketing Manager, for compiling/editing videos and further enhancement of the overall design making it user friendly. I wish all the success to LHIS team
Dr Latha Velayudhan MBBS, DPM (Psy), DNB (Psy), MD (Res),
Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry Senior Clinical Lecturer (Hon), Institute of psychiatry, psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London Reader (Hon), University of Leicester
This is coming with appreciation re the ECT app you and colleagues developed. It is comprehensive and the availability of written , visual and audio information is very useful. I also think the information for professionals if read by a patients is not daunting , which allows for ECT to be destigmatised and seen as a medical procedure which we take seriously. I am the only accredited ECT Psychiatrist for this district where I work in Australia and recently managed to wrangle more Consultant time for ECT which will allow me to streamline the service and train Registrars. For a service which did not have trained ECT nurses, we now have them and the nurses section will be useful there. I see this app as an useful resource and see my team using it. Wishing you the best and congratulations again to you and your team.
CMC Vellore Trained Psychiatrist
I would like to thank the Leicestershire Health Informatics Service worker for sorting out all my laptop problems. Colin came out to Whitwick last week (on the same day that I phoned!). He was so helpful and sorted out several problems. Even more importantly, as far as I’m concerned, he didn’t once make me feel like a complete incompetent!! He’s friendly, knowledgeable, patient and has a great sense of humour! I do hope that you can identify him through looking at the call out log for last week. He really does deserve to get a Customer Service Award.
Your IT accounts administrator, has provided prompt, efficient and effective support to us, not just over the last year but for as long as I have known him. He is unfailingly polite, cheerful and approachable – significant qualities for those of us who are less than ‘experts’ and very much appreciated. It goes without saying that his advice and expertise is accurate and reliable and this, added to his admirable attitude, makes him a staff member Leicestershire Health Informatics Service should be proud of.