We are celebrating the announcement that Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO of PKB, has been named 2016 Health Tech & You Champion! It’s a proud moment for us and we are excited to be recognized as a group that has most championed the uptake and adoption of health tech.
We are adding growth charts for children this month because they are an important tool for healthcare professionals to make an accurate clinical impression of the child’s growth. This is one of the features for looking after children’s records.
For patients up to 18 years of age, PKB plots the patient’s key measurement on growth charts. By comparing to typical children’s growth rates using data from UK WHO growth charts, clinicians will use this feature to determine whether a child is growing appropriately. The growth charts will automatically appear at the top of the measurement page.
For patients 24 months and younger, the charts scale in months. For patients 2-18 years, the charts will scale in years.
At the moment the growth chart measurements are showing height and weight. More growth charts will be coming soon.
We are pleased to inform you that the big upgrade to our infrastructure on Sunday April 3, 2016 is now complete and we are already seeing performance and stability improvements as a result. We are seeing faster speeds but more importantly this upgrade allows us to make more upgrades to our server speeds every week without bringing our servers down.
This has been a priority for us as listed in the PKB development roadmap, because we want our users to access patient information as quickly as possible to ensure that a patient’s care is accurate and safe. You can monitor our server status and any more planned upgrades on www.pkbstatus.com.
Thank you for your patience with us as we work to improve our infrastructure. Please contact us if you have any questions.
We are excited to announce the following sites that are now active this March!
Brighton and Sussex University Hospital (BSUH) now has two teams actively using PKB*. The newest team to go live is using PKB to track symptoms of prostate and colorectal cancer patients for late effects of their cancer treatment. Supporting 100 patients through PKB, the team will be able to monitor and ask questions about the results of their treatments. For patients that meet the criteria, the team will enroll them in the Eagle study to investigate ways of improving the wellbeing of these patients.
Elm Hall Nursing Home and Moyglare Nursing Home are the second and third nursing homes to go live with PKB as part of our Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) pilot whose initiative called Think Ahead is guiding members of the public in discussing and recording their preferences in the event of serious illness or death. There are six nursing homes within Kildare in the process of going live with PKB before the IHF completes testing with the general public in summer of 2016.
Ryall Park Medical Practice are using PKB with their Health Coaches team. The team looks after a variety of patients from newly diagnosed to those with chronic illnesses and complex needs. The key idea for giving their patients PKB medical records is so that patients can have ownership of their records which will help them self-manage their conditions and reduce acute hospital admissions. Patients meet with their health coach to develop a care plan which will be reviewed at their next appointment. This is part of the larger Symphony project in Yeovil District Hospital.
* These sites have been funded by Janssen
Contact us if you want to learn more about any of these sites.
At Surrey and Sussex, healthcare professionals are transforming care for IBD patients by integrating PKB with the hospital’s Cerner Millennium electronic patient record. Along with specialists nurses, the new technology is helping patients manage their diseases at home and avoid A&E visits.
Dr. Azhar Ansari, the project lead and consultant gastroenterologist at Surrey and Sussex calls this “our Gutenberg moment in healthcare”.
Using Patients Know Best and our specialist nurses, we have been able to create safe patient pathways that can support people using tablet-based treatment. We started with 60 patients on tablets and now have 700. This is a significant saving to the NHS.
If a patient needs a blood test, we can order it here, create a pdf and send this to the Patients Know Best record so the patient can get the test done at his or her GP. The results are shared via Patients Know Best so everyone knows the result.
The diabetes team at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals investigated the extent PKB added value to care and promotion of self-management for 121 Type 1 diabetes patients. In addition to basic functions in PKB such as secure messaging and direct access to test results, patients also used features such as Skype consultations, storing and sharing measurements and linking trackers and wearable devices.
After six months, the study found that overall PKB was popular with Type 1 diabetes patients and has the potential to enhance their relationship with the healthcare team.
Full report below. You can find other case studies here.
Coming soon, coordinators and professionals will be able to provide details for a carer to self-register as a carer for an existing patient’s record. This is useful when you know the identity of the carer and their relationship as a carer but do not know the email address of the carer. (When you do know the identity, relationship and address, you can directly invite the carer with their email address.)
There are three details to provide to the patient and carer:
- How to self-register with the team, if the carer does not already have a username and password to log into PKB
- The PKB ID of the patient the carer will have access to
- The decryption token which allows the carer to access the patient’s record