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Helping people monitor their health better

08 Jun 2012 12:41:23

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is helping to run an innovative new project which will help people in Rotherham to be better informed, healthier and lead more independent lives. 

The project is part of dallas (delivering assisted living lifestyle at scale), developed by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board and joint funded by the National Institute for Health Research and was launched in London last week. 

The Trust is one of five NHS organisations within a larger consortium led by London-based company, Illumina Digital, to run the project.  

The Trust will implement ‘Year Zero’, an online application enabling people to actively manage their health information. The application includes a digital version of the paper-based Red Book that is offered to all new parents to record their child’s health, an online family tree where people can plot their family’s health genealogy  and ‘Rally Round’, a social networking and planning tool to connect family, friends, carers and health and care professionals. 

Ben Chico, Assistant Director of Patient Access at TRFT, said: “Our Trust has always sought to provide high quality and innovative services and we are pleased to be able to take this project forward alongside our partners. The use of digital and other technologies will enhance our services in supporting families to better manage their health and wellbeing.” 

Brian James Chief Executive of TRFT, said: “As a Trust we are keen to give people the tools and support they need to take control in managing their health and wellbeing and that of those they care for. In addition we recognise the potential power of motivating families as a whole to make better lifestyle choices.  

“This project is an important step in supporting people to have easier access to their own health information. Working with partners such as Microsoft to ensure the information is private and secure, will allow people to better understand their lifestyle or condition and take proactive steps to manage it, supported by a safety net of NHS services.” 


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