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Barking, Havering and Redbridge launch the world’s first digital surgery clinic

The NHS Trust at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals has collaborated with Sapien Health to launch a digital clinic that will tackle the backlog of surgeries within the NHS and improve patient outcomes.

Under the partnership, around 700 patients at the East London Trust will have access to a digital platform, from former Digital Health Rewired Pitchfest finalist, Sapien Health. The platform will help help the trust’s patients prepare for surgery and speed up their recovery after surgery.

Currently, about a third of operations are canceled because patients are unprepared. The platform will help minimize the backlog by preparing patients for their surgery to prevent this from happening. It will also support patient recovery after surgery to help avoid any post-operative complications.

Veeranna Shatkar, Consultant Surgeon and Head of General Surgery Specialty at Barking, Havering and Redbridge, said: “Research has shown that ‘prehabilitation’ – helping patients make healthy and lasting lifestyle changes in months before their operation – can make a major difference in surgery. results. Benefits include quick recovery, quick return to work, and shorter hospital stay.

“Going forward, the Sapien platform will enable our patients to take steps to reduce the risk of surgical complications. This joint approach to pre-adaptation will allow us to increase the capacity of our hospitals and reduce the pressure on our workforce in this important pre-winter period”.

The technology has already been evaluated through the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where hip and knee replacement patients have had access to the platform. After eight weeks, 71% of patients reported improvements in their ability to self-care, while the median length of hospital stay was reduced by one day, representing a savings of 273 £ per patient.

The digital clinic will have a positive impact for Barking, Havering and Redbridge. By helping to solve problems such as poor surgical results, prolonged recovery times and additional hospital stays, it can protect hospital resources. Freeing up clinical capacity and resources means service backlogs can be resolved.

Additionally, the Sapien Health platform will help bring far-reaching improvements to the health of patients while they are on a waiting list for surgery.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge patients will have access to the digital clinic via an app interface. This happens several months before their scheduled surgery date, to help them make the necessary changes to be fit for surgery.

Users are guided through the necessary preparations to help improve the outcome of their surgery. It can be to lose weight, quit smoking, improve their physical condition or improve their mental well-being. The help available includes a 1:1 coach, personalized wellness program and peer support groups.

Dr. Robbie Huddleston, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Sapien Health, said: “We are extremely proud to launch the world’s first digital surgery clinic in partnership with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

“The Sapien program is based on established principles of behavioral science and is supported by a constant research pipeline focused on demonstrating clinical efficacy, economic impact and patient satisfaction.