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LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare announces partnership with digital cancer platform

LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, a provider of healthcare services, is now working in partnership with the digital cancer care platform, Careology.

It’s hoped this new working relationship will help change how cancer care is delivered – by encouraging and enabling patients, clinicians and carers to better manage remote care.

Part of its provision will be a new remote monitoring dashboard and an early warning system, which will allow for patient prioritisation and see clinicians and carers support patients receiving treatment at home.

Digital remote monitoring will take place via an app on patient smartphones and tablets that communicates with ‘off-the-shelf wearable tech devices.’ Patient symptoms, side effects and medication adherence, and other biometric markers, are among those that can be checked regularly and in real-time.

The overall aim of the technology, specifically designed for cancer care, is to provide a higher quality of care, better patient experiences and improved health outcomes. There’s also a focus on digitising paperwork, freeing up nurses and keeping patients out of hospital where possible, particularly in the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jo Upton, Deputy Head of Nursing of LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, said: “Receiving cancer treatment is an incredibly challenging experience. We believe that having chemotherapy, delivered one-on-one by an experienced nurse in the comfort of your own home, coupled with the enhanced care and safety the platform provides, would make such a difference to our patients’ lives.”  

Paul Landau, Founder and CEO of Careology, added: “Technology has a crucial role to play in helping healthcare providers deliver effective, scalable cancer care, whilst enhancing patient safety and improving the patient experience.

“Having instant access to this in depth, real-time information will provide consultants with greater confidence when referring their patients to receive treatment at home and outside of a hospital setting.”

Part of McKesson UK, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare delivers home chemotherapy and supports over 80,000 patients across the UK. While the Careology platform is one of Macmillan Cancer Support’s eight recommended ‘helpful’ services.