London-headquartered Ampersand Health has launched a new digital therapeutic to support people with Inflammatory Arthritis.
Clinical trials are currently underway of My Arthritis DTx, which has been developed by Ampersand Health in collaboration with leading specialists across the UK, including experts from King’s College Hospital, University Hospitals Dorset and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).
The digital therapeutic will enable people living with Inflammatory Arthritis to self-manage their condition.
The app can be used by a patient independently to help them self-manage through educational resources and courses, or in conjunction with a clinical team if their NHS trust uses the platform.
When My Arthritis is used in partnership with a patient and their clinical team, it facilitates a channel for two-way, asynchronous communication, outside of regular outpatient appointments, designed to streamline clinical care for all involved.
The system aims to improve patient’s mental health and quality of life by helping address their general wellbeing, adherence to medication and ability to cope with their symptoms with additional content in development.
Dr Jonathan Marks, consultant rheumatologist at University Hospitals Dorset, is implementing the My Arthritis app.
He said: “We know that patients who are engaged in their own care and have a strong understanding of their condition will feel more empowered and in control of their condition, and this increases their chances of better health outcomes.
“We learned during COVID-19 how out of date our traditional communication with patients is; this app will enable us to build better channels and processes for communication that can revolutionise the outpatient experience for both patients and clinical teams, bringing our communication into the 21st century.
“Using these systems will mean that time and resources can be focused on supporting patients when they need it most, creating a more efficient department.
“As well as creating efficiencies for health services, more consultations can be virtual which also creates savings for patients in time, expense and travel.”