Adults living with learning disabilities from the Humber and East Riding region will be the first in the UK to trial a new app that aims to improve their quality of life and health outcomes by helping them to communicate more effectively.
Two hundred patients from Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s Learning Disability service will be taking part in the trial of the ‘My Health Guide’ app, designed and developed by London-based software firm Maldaba Ltd and inspired by the story of “Matthew’s Book”.
“Matthew’s Book” is an iPad-based, multi-media guide that accompanies Hull-based Matthew Prosser wherever he goes. Matthew has profound and complex needs and his book allows carers and healthcare professionals to understand essential aspects of his care and what good practice means for him.
The app enables users to capture video, audio, images and text in a single, user-friendly format and share selected information with carers, guardians and health professionals.
It aims to help people hold on to, and make sense of the information they are given about their health and wellbeing. And also support health professionals to share important information.
Charlotte Slaney, who has learning disabilities and attends Millers Day Centre in Beverley, is very enthusiastic about the app: “It’s excellent and very easy to use. It gets the thumbs up from me!”
Joanne Bone, a senior nurse with Humber NHS Foundation Trust, has been closely involved with the development of the app over the past year. She commented: “There’s been a lot of excitement amongst people about this app and we are seeing its impact reflected in improved communication with patients on a daily basis. It means that we are able to provide better, more focused care based on the desires and wishes of the patient and I foresee My Health Guide as being an important addition to learning disabled services across the UK. In the longer term this app could be used to help people with a wide variety of conditions,”
A short movie about the app, downloadable from iTunes and Google Play Store, can be viewed here.
For more information visit www.myhealthguideapp.com.