Dignio were honoured to be invited to provide evidence to The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living.
The growing health tech company, originally from Norway has built a solution for connected care, making it possible for health care providers to follow up a high number of patients without compromising the quality of their service. With stretched budgets and workforce demands, Dignio´s solution allows NHS and social care staff to prioritise their attention according to the patient’s needs.
Discussion about the current state of technological solutions quickly demonstrated that the technical solutions are not the challenge. Creating pathways, research funding, business growth support and reimbursement principles allowing healthcare and social care providers to utilise innovation and technology are the real barriers to implementation of technological solutions.
Data is power
Dignio solution, comprising software as a medical device platform with a selection of medical devices used by the patients themselves, enables individuals to stay independent, in their own homes, and economically active for as long as they choose to do so. The combination of the software platform and medical devices for use at home, enables the patients and clinicians to share reliable and clinically relevant data.
‘Data is power’ said Dr Truchanowicz, Managing Director of Dignio Ltd. At Dignio we make patient’s data fully visible to them, to aid them with compliance with their care plan and to support behavioural change with the goal of improved health. Our platform puts great emphasis on collaborative care plan creation to ensure the patient understands and has ownership of the tasks they need to adhere to, and on education, with information resources tailored to the needs of each patient.
The oldest patient using our solution is 97 years old
The pervasive assumption that older people may find using technology difficult, is put to rest by Dignio’s experience to date. Well designed solutions and carefully selected devices ensure that only a brief training session is required for the patient users to feel confident in utilizing our solution at home.
Dr Truchanowicz put emphasis on interoperability of any technologies brought into the healthcare or social care systems. Dignio’s solution can form a part of any pathway puzzle, being fully portable and scalable across IT architectures and contexts. However, the fragmentation, especially in the NHS sector, results in niche, bespoke and closed solutions which are not scalable and fail to interact with other technologies. Whilst there are current centrally driven initiatives encouraging interoperability