An end-of-life monitoring tool has won the Technology Innovation accolade at The Guardian Healthcare Innovation Awards 2013.
The End of Life Monitoring and Assessment (Elma) tool was developed by Intelesant, Trafford clinical commissioning group and local hospices in Trafford, Greater Manchester. It has already been used by one local care home and is in the process of being rolled out to another nine.
Elma allows care homes to electronically send a resident's advanced plan – a statement of their end of life wishes – via a handheld device direct to the individual's GP computer system. The plan, which is Read-coded and compatible with the practice system, can then be accessed around the clock by other NHS staff from ambulance teams to A&E doctors and community nurses.
Using the tool, care home staff are now able to directly share their knowledge about a resident with the wider NHS. It also allows GPs and other NHS staff to be kept up-to-date with the advanced plan of an older person living in the residential care system with whom they do not have regular contact.
Additional coded data about the resident, which has been added by the care home staff can also be accessed via Elma by healthcare professionals, if necessary. That data includes latest information about a resident's usual level of consciousness, mobility, diet and weight.
Louise Rogerson, Director of Service Development at Intelesant, said: "Any of us who have an advanced plan can use this system; it's not just for people in the last years of their life, it's for anybody who wants an advanced plan."
Original Source The Guardian
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