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Founder of Luscii Daan Dohmen

The founder of a Dutch-developed home healthcare monitoring app has spoken to Health Tech World about the impact of the technology and the company’s plans for expansion throughout the UK.

The Luscii app allows healthcare professionals to guide patients at home from the hospital. Patients take their own measurements, answer questions about their wellbeing and receive educational material.

Additionally, if there is an abnormal measurement, the artificial intelligence in Luscii’s Clinical Engine provides an instant alert and enables direct contact with a clinician via chat or video connection.

The platform has recently been credited by Netherlands-based St. Antonius Hospital with reducing admission days for a group of 33 COVID patients by 134 days.

COVID-19 patients who had not yet fully recovered, but were stable, were allowed to voluntarily take early discharge and receive home monitoring to ease the transition.

Via a tailor-made program in the Luscii app, patients reported their oxygen saturation levels, temperature and symptoms on a daily basis. A team of pulmonologists and co-assistants assessed data trends and made contact with patients immediately if necessary. In the case of deterioration, rapid adjustment of the treatment is designed to prevent readmissions where possible.

Founder Daan Dohmen said: “Luscii started with the aim of bringing healthcare to the patient, instead of letting the patient go to the care professionals all of the time.

“We have a recent publication based on five years of data of heart failure and COPD patients, where we saw a 65% reduction of hospital admissions.

“We also look at the cost for the hospital, which can be things like diagnostics that have to be carried out, and we typically see, depending on the disease type, a 20 to 50% reduction.

“When patients are not coming to the hospital because everything is OK and they can do it at home, we can now intervene earlier if something is wrong. These are the important drivers of the clinical benefits we see.”

Dohmen also touched on the impact COVID-19 has had on the platform.

“It really has changed the mindset from hospital and care professionals. Where we saw a year ago that there was some resistance, now a lot of healthcare professionals have experienced that for some of their healthcare, connections and context, it really is possible to have digital conversations via video communication and use virtual or remote monitoring.”

Already used by more than 50% of Dutch hospitals, Luscii is expanding operations within UK. The app is already in use with several NHS trusts, including Sunderland, although deployed in non-COVID related use cases. Its primary application so far has been to reduce hospital stays, GP appointments, and A&E visits for high-risk patients suffering from COPD.

Dohmen added: Currently we are talking to, I think, almost 20 NHS trusts who are seeing what we have achieved in Sunderland. We have already signed some contracts, so I expect in January to be able to announce that these four or five trusts will start with Luscii.

“The most important thing that we can achieve in the upcoming years is that clinicians, doctors and nurses really start to embrace this technology and this whole new way of working. Not because we want to digitise all of their work but because we need them and their knowledge in order to create this future of healthcare for themselves and for the patients.”

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