Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Reliq starts NHS pilot for remote patient monitoring

Steve Rogerson
November 22, 2016
Canadian company Reliq Health Technologies has started enrolling patients at Imperial College Hospital in London for a pilot with the National Health Service (NHS) for remote patient monitoring and care collaboration.
Reliq is a technology company focused on developing mobile health and telemedicine technology for community-based healthcare.
"We are very excited to be launching our pilot with the NHS England and enrolling patients at our pilot site, Imperial College Hospital, London," said Lisa Crossley, CEO of Reliq Health. "The goal of this pilot is to demonstrate the value of Reliq Health's self-care in improving health outcomes and reducing the cost of care delivery for chronic disease patients after they are discharged home from hospital.”
The platform uses a combination of secure cloud-based software, voice technology, wearables and sensors to support patients and their loved ones in proactively managing their chronic conditions at home, reducing exacerbations and disease-related complications, decreasing healthcare costs and enhancing patient and family satisfaction.
The NHS in England is the largest single-payer healthcare system in the world, with an annual budget of over £100bn. There are over 15 million patients in England who are coping with at least one long-term health condition. These chronic conditions not only negatively impact patients' quality of life, but also account for over half of all general practitioner appointments and 70 per cent of hospital bed days.
The NHS has estimated that improvements in self-care in this population could result in £584m in savings by 2021.
Reliq's digital health product creates a fully automated virtual hospital ward in the patient's home, providing real-time tracking of patients' vital signs, medication adherence and movements within the home.
The platform provides patients with audible alerts and reminders to collect their vitals, take their medications and perform prescribed rehab or fitness activities to support proactive self-care. Patient education materials are also provided through the Reliq Health platform to help patients and their families better understand and manage their chronic conditions.