Virtual services for heart surgery patients will be rolled out across London

A specialist virtual service is to be rolled out across London as part of a region-wide remote monitoring program which aims to support patients awaiting heart surgery.

Ortus-iHealth’s digital platform will be rolled out across London’s eight tertiary heart centers, after the company won an open tender. The program aims to reduce the risk of patients who are on the waiting list for heart surgery and to speed up the time it takes them to prepare for and recover from surgery.

It is part of the London Remote Cardiac Monitoring Program, which was commissioned on behalf of the South and North London Cardiac Operational Delivery Networks and received £750,000 transformational funding from NHSX.

Using the Ortus i-Health platform, patients will complete questionnaires and submit data which will then be submitted to a virtual service dashboard monitored by their clinical team.

Ortus-iHealth was developed by Barts Health NHS Trust cardiology consultant Dr Debashish Das. It made the shortlist for the Digital Health Rewired Pitchfest in 2020 – one of 16 startups considered for the award.

Dr. Das explained: “It collects quantitative data, such as blood pressure readings and symptoms entered by the patient, and qualitative data, such as responses to questionnaires. It displays this data on a dashboard, alongside a patient communication link.

“That means I can message you to say, ‘I’ve seen your observations, and they appear to be correct’ or, ‘I’ve been alerted to a problem, and that’s what we’re going to do.’

Dr Das added: “What is so exciting about the London Remote Cardiac Monitoring program is that it has been developed by experts who have tried virtual wards before and understand what is needed to make them work.

“This is the first truly pan-London remote monitoring program for any clinical specialty, and we are delighted that our solution has been recognized as the best option to support both clinicians and patients.”

The initial focus is on the cardiac surgery pathway. However, the Ortus-iHealth platform can also be used to support other cardiac pathways, providing patients with information about their condition, preparing them for treatment and minimizing the time they need to spend in hospital.

London hospitals implementing the system are: St Bartholomew’s, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College, St George’s, Royal Brompton, Harefield, Imperial College and The Royal Free.

Stephen Edmondson, Clinical Director of NHSE Cardiac Network, London Region, said: “The Ortus digital platform, which has been acquired on behalf of all major London heart centers, creates a user-friendly digital service environment for patients and caregivers. clinicians to continuously monitor and redefine our patients.

“We wanted such a digital solution to improve the overall patient experience. The Ortus platform, which can be web-based or app-based, also provides digitized information regarding their particular processing, digitized consent, and digitized tracking and tracking.