The GP Forward View places a strong emphasis on the use of technology to improve patient care. With this in mind, a growing number of GP practices have introduced digital health apps to help patients manage their own health conditions.
Florence Light is an easy to use, affordable app that can help you improve the patient experience and reduce your workload.
A recent report in the GP Forward View said of the British general practice, “its weakness is its failure to develop consistent systems that free up time and resources to devote to improving care for patients”.
The report also estimated that around 27% of appointments could potentially be avoided if there was more coordinated working between GPs and hospitals, wider use of primary care staff, better use of technology to streamline administrative burdens and wider system changes.
Supporting the adoption of technology
The GP Forward View highlights 10 high impact actions to release capacity and number 9 is supporting self-care of long term conditions and acute episodes, which is exactly what Florence Light does.
The GP Forward View’s ambition for 2017 is to support the adoption and design of technology which:
- enables self-care and self-management for patients
- helps to reduce workload in practices
- helps practices who want to work together to operate at scale
- supports greater efficiency across the whole system.
Florence Light focuses on supporting self-care for patients, improving the patient experience and helping to reduce workload for Practice Managers, GPs and clinicians by cutting down on unnecessary appointments.
Gain QOF points
Florence Light is a great tool for achieving the indicators needed to gain QOF points and in turn to earn your practice more money. The value per QOF point for 2017/2018 is £171.20 and you can view a summary of changes to QOF for 2017/2018 here.
Patients taking control
Florence Light has been built to help patients take control of their own healthcare, using text messaging. The app has been released with protocols covering weight management, inhaler reminders, hypertension pre-diagnosis and newly diagnosed hypertension. Florence Light will continue to grow the number of protocols available and we will be supporting a larger range of conditions, such as COPD, heart disease and diabetes, in the near future.
The data patients send to Florence Light, such as their BP, heart rate and blood glucose readings, provides the GP with valuable insights to support diagnosis and ongoing care.
Dave Sanzeri, Head of Commissioning at North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCG said about Florence Light: “This isn’t just simple appointment reminders. This is about involving patients in their own care, avoiding appointments in the first place and directly improving their lives.”
I’m not a GP. Can I still use Florence Light?
Yes, if you’re a medical professional and you think it will help your patients, you should use Florence Light. If a relevant plan isn’t available, contact us with a suggestion or if you’re looking for something more bespoke, the original Florence app may be more suitable. Get in touch and we’ll discuss your needs and what product will best fulfill your needs.