Inhealthcare has secured a contract with the NHS in central West Yorkshire to extend virtual wards across Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The program intends to bring safe and convenient care to patients at home who would otherwise have to stay in the hospital. The project’s goals include decreasing hospital admissions, supporting early discharge, lessening pressure on inpatient beds and emergency departments, and enhancing overall patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
To realize this vision, Inhealthcare will partner with NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and other healthcare organizations to introduce services for different clinical specialties such as respiratory, frailty, cardiology, end-of-life, and emergency-surgery care. To facilitate this, patients and caregivers will be able to take physical measurements such as blood pressure, respiration rate, and oxygen saturation that can be safely transmitted to care teams via various digital channels like a mobile app, text message, or traditional telephone.
The system will provide care teams with a single, centralized view of patient data, helping with clinical decision-making. A notification system will alert care teams if any readings fall outside of the expected range, allowing teams to intervene early. Inhealthcare CEO Bryn Sage expressed excitement to be working with NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board to develop and expand virtual wards, emphasizing the importance of the company’s award-winning technology in improving patient outcomes.
NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board is part of the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, a healthcare system that includes NHS organizations, local authorities, hospices, and charities, as well as private and social enterprises, and covers a population of approximately 2.6 million individuals. The Board’s Chief Executive, Rob Webster CBE, expressed his enthusiasm for Inhealthcare’s help in ensuring the health and care system provides safe and efficient care to the community. Locala Health and Wellbeing’s Chief Executive, Karen Jackson, responsible for West Yorkshire’s virtual wards, affirmed the importance of the project’s support for people to safely receive care at home instead of in a hospital setting.