Stornoway research day series: Using technology to support an MS service


Iain Trayner runs a technology enabled care (TEC) programme on the Western Isles. They research, source funding and roll out digital technology that supports patient care.

Iain discusses how technology can assist in an MS service, particularly in a rural area such as the Western Isles. He outlines a programme of self-monitoring through Florence, a service that reminds you of appointments, exercises to do, blood pressure checks etc. He also discusses virtual clinics and how they can help rural patients.

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This is one of the talks from the healthcare professionals day. The audience consisted of district nurses, physios, health visitors, GPs and many others that look after people on the island. Most had a general role, and didn’t specialise in MS, so these talks were to inform them about taking care of their MS patients. 

The talk is part of a trip by the Barts-MS and Glasgow teams up to Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, in April 2018. In a change from the traditional research days held in London, Barts-MS teamed up with the Glasgow neurology team to present two days of talks: a day of talks to healthcare professionals on the island; and a day of talks to patients and their families. There are no neurologists on the islands and patients have to fly to Glasgow. Yet rates of MS are some of the highest in the world. The teams wanted to help healthcare professionals to more effectively care for their patients with MS, and to empower the patients and their families so they can self-monitor and better control their care and treatment. Read about our trip to Stornoway.

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  • At Fed Uni we are beginning a research project with an SPUI ( Smart Phone Usage Index) evaluation in mind. We would like to collaborate with you guys.

    Please let me know if you would like to. hear more.

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