A general practitioner’s surgery in Penarth is piloting a revolutionary new system which enables patients to monitor their own care and take their medication on time.
The surgery – which has not been identified – is piloting the use of what’s called the “Florence System” which is described as “a simple telehealth text-messaging service” designed to help patients take “a more active role” in their health care.
Via the Florence System, a group of Penarth patients are receiving – via their mobile phones – “personalised health tips”, medical advice and even memory-jogging reminders when it’s time to take their prescribed medicine or pills.
The conditions which can be helped by having “Florence” on their mobile phones include hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and asthma .The system takes only seconds to set up and costs nothing.
If the Penarth pilot programme is a success the Florence system is likely to be rolled out to GPs and health care providers across the Vale of Glamorgan.
The development is part of an increasing number of so-called “Telecare” and “Telehealth” systems being considered by health administrators in the Vale of Glamorgan .
Another promising system is the use of Global Positioning System tags which can be worn by Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
These assist in tracking their movements and identifying their locations if they should happen to stray away from familiar surroundings.