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Empowering Healthcare Transformation: UCLPartners on Innovations for Better Patient Care

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Delegates attending Chamber’s Integrating Healthcare Seminar heard from UCLPartners about an exemplar case study that is transforming cardiovascular care.

The Integrating Healthcare Seminar brought together industry leaders, innovators, and policymakers to discuss groundbreaking approaches to improving patient care. The event featured three leading speakers, Director of Implementation Cardiovascular Health at UCLPartners, Laura Boyd, CEO of Apptrace and an NHS doctor Dr Umar Ahmad, and GP and Executive Clinical Lead at UCLPartners, Dr Matt Kearney. They presented their innovative solutions, which promise to revolutionise healthcare and place patients at the centre of their journey to better health.

Revolutionising Primary Care with Abtrace

Dr Ahmad’s presentation introduced Abtrace, a startup that delivers software for primary care to GP surgeries across the UK. Abtrace analyses data for 2.7 million patients daily, covering 30 Integrated Care Systems (ICS) with a UKCA marked medical device software integrated with 96% of the UK population’s primary care health records.

Abtrace’s primary objective is to enable early intervention and proactive care, reducing the number of patients reaching hospital in critical conditions. Dr Ahmad emphasised the importance of detecting chronic diseases early and applying evidence-based therapies to prevent or manage them effectively. With a digital solution integrated into the patient record, Abtrace provides clinicians with relevant patient data, encoded clinical guidelines, and machine learning insights, helping them deliver tailored care and interventions.

Dr Ahmad highlighted how Abtrace’s digital platform empowers primary care to optimise patient care efficiently, leading to potential savings of millions of appointments and enhanced patient outcomes. The platform’s ability to measure progress in real-time and provide feedback to clinicians enhances patient care further.

Transforming Cardiovascular Disease Prevention with UCLPartners

Dr Kearney’s presentation focused on transforming cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention through the Proactive Care Frameworks developed by UCLPartners. Recognising the significant burden of CVD and the need for a step-change in prevention, the framework aims to support primary care in implementing evidence-based guidelines effectively.

The framework consists of three core elements: patient population stratification using smart data, deployment of a wider workforce to provide support for education and self-management, and structured implementation support for primary care teams. The Proactive Care Frameworks aims to optimise blood pressure and cholesterol management and have shown promising results in preventing heart attacks and strokes.

“We have tools now, we have an opportunity with the transformation that’s happening in primary care, so that’s a challenge to us as GPs and UCLPs. It should be a challenge to all of us. I think the population health benefits are potentially huge and dramatic.”

Dr Matt Kearney, GP and Executive Clinical Lead at UCLPartners

Dr Kearney emphasised the critical role of patient engagement and equity in the framework’s success. Patient and public involvement groups were actively involved in the development and testing of resources, ensuring patient-centricity and cultural adaptability. Moreover, the framework considers health inequalities by filtering data based on various factors, allowing targeted interventions for high-risk populations.

Putting Patients First

Both presentations underscored the significance of patient-centric approaches in healthcare innovation. Drs Ahmad and Kearney highlighted the importance of patient involvement in the design and testing phases of their solutions. By understanding patients’ expectations and experiences, they were able to build digital platforms and frameworks that better cater to patient needs.

The seminar provided valuable insights into how smart data, machine learning, and digital solutions can be harnessed to improve patient care and outcomes. The focus on early intervention, proactive care, and equity in healthcare delivery offers a glimpse of a brighter future for healthcare, where patients are at the heart of every decision and innovation.

The panel discussion not only showcased remarkable innovations but also ignited discussions among healthcare leaders, sparking hope for a more patient-centred and efficient healthcare system. With continuous collaboration between policymakers, innovators, and healthcare providers, the transformation of healthcare will undoubtedly lead to healthier and happier lives for patients across the UK and beyond.

Final Thought

As the Integrating Healthcare Seminar drew to a close, it became evident that the future of healthcare lies in patient-centric innovation and proactive care. The presentations by Dr Ahmad and Dr Kearney shed light on groundbreaking approaches that promise to revolutionise patient outcomes and tackle pressing healthcare challenges.

Dr Ahmad’s presentation on Abtrace emphasised the power of digital solutions in empowering primary care to intervene early and deliver tailored patient care. By integrating machine learning and data analysis, Abtrace enables clinicians to make well-informed decisions and optimise patient outcomes. The platform’s real-time feedback and patient-centred approach not only enhance patient care but also foster a sense of empowerment for both patients and healthcare professionals.

Dr Kearney’s Proactive Care Frameworks showcased the potential for transformative change in preventing cardiovascular disease. By involving patients and the public in the development process, the frameworks ensure cultural adaptability and equity in healthcare delivery. The use of smart data and targeted interventions has the potential to save thousands of lives and significantly reduce the burden on healthcare systems.

The common thread running through both presentations was the recognition that the patient should be at the heart of every healthcare decision. Patient engagement, involvement, and understanding patient expectations are critical in developing effective and sustainable healthcare solutions.

The Integrating Healthcare Seminar provided a platform for meaningful discussions among healthcare leaders, innovators, and policymakers. It ignited a collective sense of hope and determination to transform the healthcare landscape for the better. By embracing technology, data-driven solutions, and patient-centric care, the potential to achieve better health outcomes and cost savings is within reach.

As we move forward, the challenge lies in translating these innovative ideas into action. Collaborative efforts between healthcare stakeholders, policymakers, and innovators will be vital to implementing these solutions on a broader scale. Together, we can build a healthcare system that not only reacts to illness but actively prevents it, leading to healthier, happier, and more empowered patients.

It was inspiring to hear that by putting patients first, embracing innovation, and working together, we can create a brighter and healthier future for healthcare, one where the potential for transformative change becomes a tangible reality.

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