Heart app aims to cut NHS waiting lists in north Wales


Evan Dobson

Heart patients in north Wales are taking part in a trial of a new app that monitors them via mobile phone. Betsi Cadwaladr health board is working with tech firm Huma to test if the new software can help those with cardiac problems in their own homes.

The app lets patients have video consultations, avoiding unnecessary hospital visits. The Welsh government-funded pilot could mean problems with patients’ health are picked up more quickly.

As part of the trial, patients will receive equipment to take readings, including a blood pressure cuff, weighing scales and a pulse oximeter.

Cardiology specialists will be able to remotely monitor each patient’s symptoms and progress, and conduct video consultations to address any concerns. If needed, hospital visits can be arranged for further treatment and consultation.

Heart failure advanced nurse practitioner Viki Jenkins said: “We want to build on the advances made in digital technology since the beginning of the pandemic, and this is an extension of that, but we need to understand how easy or difficult it is for people to use the application, which is what this pilot is all about.

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