Solcom, the Ryde-based developer of digital health monitoring systems, has been selected by the NHS in Essex to support a sizable rollout of its Whzan Digital Health systems into care and nursing Homes.

The systems will be used to monitor approximately 9,000 people and follows hot on the heels of a significant expansion of health monitoring on the Isle of Wight, where all care homes now use Whzan.

The systems are used by carers to detect early signs of illness and have been proven to improve patient safety and reduce demand on stretched NHS services.

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5 clinical commissioning groups in mid and south Essex will use the new suite of technology for all care homes in the area for the next 12 months.

Keith Chessell, CEO of Isle of Wight-based Whzan, said:

“This is impressive action by the NHS to rollout new technology at speed and scale to improve the safety and healthcare of over 9,000 elderly people at higher risk of illness. It has been our privilege to support them with their programme”.

Dr Donald McGeachy, GP and Medical Director Mid and South Essex Joint Commissioning Team (STP)

“This secure platform will help to improve the monitoring of clinical observations for people in care and nursing homes. We are training care home staff how to use the equipment and undertake the observations required. Alongside this we will be training clinicians that regularly visit care homes, including community paramedics, primary care staff and rapid response teams. The aim is to identify early deterioration in health which if not treated appropriately, could result in the resident needing to go to hospital.”

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The timeframe for mobilisation of the Whzan equipment is the beginning of June 2020, with complete roll out finishing in mid-July 2020.

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