Hicom launches community module

App extension helps Health Care Professionals utilise mobile to care for diabetes patients out in the community

Technology is proving to be a powerful stimulus to enhance communication across the health and social care system, and software and consultancy solutions provider Hicom has launched its Community Module that helps Health Care Professionals (HCPs) utilise mobile to care for diabetes patients out in the community.

The Community Module is an app extension of Hicom's adult and paediatric diabetes patient management systems, Diamond and Twinkle. Specifically designed to improve the patient experience, the app enables Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSNs) and GPs with a Special Interest (GPwSis) to take care directly to or near to their home, while still being able to connect to the information stored in Diamond and Twinkle. Crucially, this can be done without breaking the security needed when taking data out of the hospital network.

Installed on a tablet or laptop, the app allows a patient list and relevant patient information to be encrypted and downloaded to the device, which can then be used away from the hospital setting. Patient data in the form of height, weight, HbA1c levels and other key information can be taken during the patient visit†and is automatically synchronised back into Diamond or Twinkle when a suitable and secure connection is available. This removes the need for HCPs to make manual notes and spend valuable time typing these up at a later date. The technology not only reduces the duplication of effort but also the possibility of transcription errors.

'Strong community services are a vital component of an effective model of integrated health and social care,' said Hicom Director John Sanderson. 'Giving accurate, secure and real-time access to patient information will not only empower community-based diabetes professionals, but help them make the most appropriate treatment decisions that can alleviate avoidable hospital admissions and enhance health outcomes.'

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