|New App For Bipolar Patients
SWLSTG Pharmacy Services develop innovative free app for safe lithium treatment
Pharmacy Services at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) have developed an innovative app that will be available for free to help with the safe prescribing, administering and monitoring of lithium.
In the UK, Lithium Carbonate (often referred to as Lithium) is the medication most commonly used to treat bipolar disorder. For lithium to be effective, the dosage must be strictly administered, and patients need to have their lithium blood level checked every 3 months, their kidney and thyroid function checked every 6 months and attend a full annual health check with their healthcare provider.
Patients can only receive a supply of lithium from a hospital or community pharmacy if they can show evidence of an up to date blood level result.
Research by the Pharmacy team showed that patients wanted the option of recording this information in an electronic format, rather than a paper booklet, as was traditional. This led the team to develop a phone app with the mobile technology developer Incentivated - who had valuable previous experience and knowledge of the health sector.
Although the app is focused on lithium medicine management, the wider aim is to develop a framework which can be adapted for a broad range of medicines. Pharmacy Services are hoping this will aid patients and health teams administer and monitor additional medicines and be a useful tool for other healthcare Trusts with similar needs or for further development and enhancement.
Dee Evans, Pharmacist at the Trust said:
"We also want to hear from other organisations in the NHS, charities or the private sector who would like to work collaboratively with us on this app. We have developed a framework that can be easily expanded, and which we hope will be of use to organisations out there wanting to develop something similar or for other medicine groups".
Jonathan Bass, CEO at Incentivated, said:
"We look forward to adding medicines and non-prescription conditions to the app, the next of which is in development now."
The app was developed with the support of Bipolar UK members and will:
Record lithium treatment & levels
Free to download
Download the Apple IPhone version of the Lithium App here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nhs-physical-health-monitor/id1040946243?mt=8
Download the Android version of the Lithium App here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.incentivated.nhs.HealthMonitor
December 30, 2015