An innovative approach for COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major healthcare challenge. More and more people are being diagnosed with COPD, but patients aren’t able to access good quality care and treatment for their condition.
People with COPD can suffer from flare-ups of their condition, when their breathing becomes much worse than normal. These episodes are not only upsetting for patients but can also be very costly to the NHS – the annual cost to the NHS of managing COPD is predicted to rise to £2.5 billion by 2030. To tackle this issue, we need to design services around integrated care.
This care-quality gap particularly affects outcomes from COPD exacerbations. COPD exacerbations are the main driver of healthcare costs (predicted annual NHS cost of managing COPD £2.5bn by 2030) and service redesign, based on innovations which can integrate care is urgently required.
Our vision is to develop a model of care based around prevention, including digital healthcare and incorporating a range of innovative methods of providing treatment. Our aims include:
We will focus on using our consortium partners’ healthcare technology innovations:
We hope that these innovations will provide savings, serve as an example of best practice for other areas, and help to make sure that people with COPD are getting the best quality care.
Our key objectives are to:
We expect that the project will lead to a reduction in admissions for COPD, and will serve as an example of best practice, not only to other parts of the NHS but also to other providers of healthcare technology.
For more information contact Chris Carlin.