December 4, 2023

The Christie NHS Basis Belief has deployed CardMedic to assist scale back well being inequalities for sufferers, making it the primary specialist most cancers belief to make use of the healthcare communications app.

The CardMedic app will assist The Christie to bridge communication gaps, resembling language boundaries or cognitive impairments, between clinicians and sufferers to cut back well being inequalities.

A former Rewired PitchFest winner, CardMedic helps instantaneous translation between clinicians and sufferers utilizing a cell system. The app additionally holds a library of a whole bunch of pre-written medical scripts that replicate healthcare conversations.

The content material is accessible in a number of languages; as signal language movies; in real-aloud format; or in easy-read format with footage.

Bethany Allen, digital nurse implementer at The Christie, stated: “Lots of our sufferers don’t converse English as their first language, and a few can’t converse English in any respect.

“Since utilizing CardMedic, we may be reassured that we’re speaking with sufferers successfully and sensitively, which is crucial in most cancers care.”

The expertise is used throughout ward rounds and scientific shifts when interpreters or multi-lingual workers aren’t obtainable.

Allen continued: “Having this device means we are able to safely and successfully discuss with sufferers with extra communication wants when an interpreter isn’t obtainable. It signifies that we are able to ship the identical commonplace of care that we do to our English-speaking sufferers, or people who don’t have extra communications wants.”

The belief can also be working with CardMedic to co-create new content material for its flashcard library, creating particular oncology scripts to assist most cancers sufferers talk despite any boundaries they might face.

The answer has been deployed throughout the entire belief and is now utilized by 100 nurses, docs and pharmacists at 4 websites: Withington, Salford, Oldham and Macclesfield.

The expertise was initially made obtainable for nurses, however a use case was recognized within the pharmacy, the place it’s now getting used to make sure sufferers are comfy with the treatment they’re taking.

Dr Rachael Grimaldi, chief govt at CardMedic, stated: “I’m delighted that CardMedic helps to enhance entry to look after extra sufferers at The Christie.

The brand new use instances the belief has discovered is a testomony to how revolutionary and ahead considering the workforce is, all of the whereas placing sufferers first. The Christie already delivers distinctive most cancers care, and I’m overjoyed that CardMedic may be part of the story!”