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OPPORTUNISTIC SCREENING

Optimising the health of the nation

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Proactively identifying individuals at risk

Here at Docobo, our technology is designed to keep people as healthy as possible. Keeping people as healthy as possible by picking up potential clinical issues BEFORE they happen could mean less hospital admissions and more positive outcomes for the individual – which will make a massive difference to the health of the nation.

Opportunistic screening – or opportunistic assessment as it is sometimes known – is a way of identifying patients who might have an undiagnosed medical problem. Docobo has extensive experience of doing just this. Along with our parent company, Graphnet, who specialise in population health management and identifying cohorts of patients who would benefit from the right kind of care – it’s something that is very important to us.

Stroke prevention and preventing heart attacks can be a significant benefit of opportunistic screening. The more people we can screen for stroke prevention, the more we can work on reducing – and potentially eradicating – strokes.

What is screening or opportunistic assessment?

Screening, or opportunistic assessment, is all about managing patient care proactively rather than reactively. Screening flags up potential issues earlier – and before it’s too late.

Screening uses monitoring devices such as ECG monitors, oximeters or blood pressure monitors to take measurements from a range of people, some of whom may have an undiagnosed medical condition.

In essence, screening is an opportunistic and proactive process: spontaneously collecting data and monitoring the health of a community.

Opportunistic screening collects a few simple measurements that may establish an undetected health concern for specific individuals. Benefits include:

• Managing community care proactively rather than reactively
• Capturing data that supports early interventions may lead to better health outcomes
• An opportunity to discuss and support education of healthy lifestyle choices
• Improving public health

Docobo and opportunistic screening

Docobo makes opportunistic screening really simple to set up and practice. DOCOBOAPP enables services to screen and collect data quickly and easily and can be used within kiosks. The data collected enables healthcare professionals to signpost individuals to the right service and identify health inequalities in a community setting.

Using DOCOBOAPP is so intuitive, even for those who have no previous experience can easily navigate it. Should a screened measurement be outside of typical parameters, DOCOBOAPP can immediately alert the clinical team.

We’ve been doing remote monitoring since 2001, so we are really good at it and our whole ethos is keeping people out of hospital when they don’t need to be there.

Where can you use screening?

You can, for instance, offer patient surveys that can be completed within GP surgeries or pharmacies while people are waiting for their appointment. Individuals can securely add their information on a tablet in a private area –– or in a community setting, while waiting to see a pharmacist.  It’s not only about collecting clinical information – surveys can be about lifestyle or mood and more.

We work in a number of specialist areas, including KCCQ, EuroQoL and P3CEQ (national standard surveys for managing heart failure patients).

Who do Docobo work with on this?

We are working with a number of partners in this area. For example, we work with partners on the NHS England Innovation for Healthcare Inequalities Programme (InHIP). InHIP aims to address local healthcare inequalities that are experienced by deprived and other under-served populations.

We are working with Health Innovation West Midlands on the InHIP project, who are collaborating with local communities to identify, address and minimise healthcare inequalities to improve access to the latest health technologies and medicines.​ This closely aligns with the national Core20PLUS5 approach to reducing healthcare inequalities, which includes maternity, mental health, respiratory, cancer diagnosis and cardiovascular disease. ​

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