iPad apps put into rehab at Wirral10th May 2012
The patient rehabilitation treatment process at a hospital in the north west of England is set utilise iPad apps.
Patients who have suffered from strokes or undergone ear, nose and throat surgery will benefit from the technological initiative at Wirral Community NHS Trust.
They will also be used for children who have difficulties in communicating.
Clinicians involved in the speech and language therapy team at the new community trust are using apps from iTunes in a move the trust hopes will help them not only empower patients and engage with them more effectively but also lead to better patient outcomes.
Head of technology Ian Hogan said: “The scheme has been driven by clinicians and it aims to embrace the technology we currently have available with the iPad. It will help support our service and in the meantime provide a real benefit to our patients.
“The apps for adults are readily available and are especially needed as many of our patients need help to rebuild their speech patterns. Again, there are many apps available for children which can support us and the care interventions we would like to make.”
The use of iPads and apps will begin within the next few days and if it proves a success will be extended across the trust, with patients being encouraged to use the apps at home so that they can play a part in their treatment.
The trust is also working on a breastfeeding app that has been designed for new mothers by its infant feeding team.
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