A patient record app for emergency care which enables patients to share up-to-date information with their doctor in a form that they can easily use. It has been designed by doctors as a simple tool to enable them to make better informed decisions when time is precious. It puts patients in control of their records and enables families to share information about their loved ones.
Knowing me & my background
Access to patient records in A&E is patchy. Often clinicians have limited or no access to GP records, let alone up to date contextual social information. Patients enter their health details into the app - including medical conditions, allergies, medications as well as contextual social information. In A&E, this information is then transferred electronically. Doctors are then able to simply verify the information and focus more effectively providing on the best care possible for today’s emergency.
A different approach
It is truly distinctive. The ForMyDoctor approach sees the patient as the thread that connects all the care providers, putting patients at the centre of the health record system. Patients own their own data and have complete control over their ForMyDoctor records. The information is stored securely, locally on the device - providing clinicians with a one time view of the information.
Family members looking after elderly relatives, young children or those with complex conditions can benefit the most from the app. Patients can choose to share health information with other ForMyDoctor users in their family.
ForMyDoctor is the only app that focuses on direct communication between patients and doctors to reduce waiting times and improve flow of patients through A&E.
Born out of experience
The idea for the app came to Dr Richard Pratt while he was working in an Emergency Department. He saw that this simple solution could bring immediate benefits to an A&E in crisis. Joining forces with his cousin Tom, an experienced app developer, they developed a prototype app.
In early 2016 we won an award and £90,000 of funding from the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare), an NHS England initiative championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Since March 2016 we have undertaken clinician and patient feedback, as well as a technological re-build and enhancement.
We have benefited hugely from the competitive high impact business coaching schemes of Growth Accelerator from Oxford Innovation in 2015 & Innovate2succeed from Innovate UK.
What patients and doctors think
Of course the most important thing is that patients and doctors like it. The patient and clinician feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive and has led to significant improvements in the user interface & content. We’ve worked with local stakeholders & patient participation groups regionally & nationally.
This work was commissioned and funded by the SBRI Healthcare programme. SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, championed by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). The views expressed in the publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the SBRI Healthcare programme or its stakeholders.