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June 10, 2020

Huma creates ‘virtual ward’ for Covid-19 patients

By Chloe Kent

The NHS is working with Huma to create a ‘virtual ward’ for Covid-19 patients recovering at home.

Using the Medopad smartphone app and a small pulse oximeter, patients are able to share vital information and symptoms with clinicians as they recover. NHS digital care teams can track the data through Medopad’s clinician portal.

The technology has been rolled out across six different locations.

NHSX chief digital officer Tara Donnelly said: “The feedback we are getting from patients is that the remote monitoring with clinical oversight is really reassuring to them, and they are grateful to be at home while they recover, rather than in a hospital bed. The clinical team is finding it helps give them very rapid feedback on their patients and they are able to keep an eye on a number of people at a glance, which is working much better for them than the previous system, which relied on phone calls.”

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