EpSMon app scoops Healthcare IT Award at Health Business Awards 2016
EpSMon, the Epilepsy Self-Monitoring app developed to help people manage their epilepsy risks, has won a Healthcare IT Award at the Health Business Awards. The award comes only a few weeks after EpSMon was added to the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme.
The Health IT Award category recognises organisations responsible for implementing a ground breaking IT project that demonstrates clear cost benefits to the wider NHS. The Awards help celebrate the wider use of computer technology in the NHS, something that is evident throughout the world, with many countries citing NHS projects as examples of good practice.
EpSMon was nominated by the Health Business Award panel who choose nominees by looking for the best healthcare tools currently available and being used to create change in the NHS.
Jane Hanna OBE, CEO of SUDEP Action said “To win this across all health initiatives is yet further evidence that our digital tool supporting people with epilepsy manage their risk and access the right service is a solution that is hitting the button right now ”
Sammy Ashby, EpSMon & the SUDEP & Seizure Safety Checklist Project Coordinator commented: “It is humbling to not only be nominated for these awards alongside other incredibly strong initiatives, but to then win is a fantastic achievement for all involved in the project.
“EpSMon grew out of determination to reduce the large number of devastating epilepsy deaths following a community death of a young nurse whose family helped get the project off the ground. EpSMon continuing to be recognised as a solution to this issue highlights just how important achieving this goal is, and how together we are getting closer to reaching it. Today the development continues to be made possible by SUDEP Action supporters.”
EpSMon is an evidence based free app for smartphones and tablets. It works by enabling patients to assess themselves and to review whether action such as seeking medical help, or taking simple steps to self-manage any flagged risks may be needed. EpSMon has been described as an app that has demonstrated improved communication, safety and reduced mortality within patients.
Developed from the SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist, an epilepsy risk communication tools for health professionals, EpSMon was collaboratively developed by SUDEP Action, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Plymouth University.
The app can be downloaded for free in the UK at www.epsmon.com