Innovative app to help people with Crohn’s and Colitis

16 May 2019

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MyIBD Care is an app developed by Ampersand in partnership with Crohn’s & Colitis UK, drawing on the expertise of patients and clinicians from King’s College Hospital and Barts Health. It helps people manage their Crohn’s and Colitis day-to-day, bringing together a personal health record, daily tracking and easy-to-access help and support from Crohn’s & Colitis UK. Hospitals that sign up can use the app to manage their patients remotely, improving care quality and reducing unnecessary hospital visits.

MyIBD Care allows people to track medication and symptoms, plus patterns of diet, sleep, exercise and pain. In addition, information from Crohn’s & Colitis UK can be accessed quickly and when people need it.

The platform is used by thousands of people with IBD at a growing number of hospitals. It improves communication between people with Crohn’s and Colitis and their IBD team, facilitating early medical intervention to improve overall out of hospital care. If a hospital is signed up, contact between patients and their doctors can take place directly through the app, reducing anxiety and making people feel more in control of their condition. This could prove vital during a flare.

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MyIBD Care is already having a huge impact. Chris, 40, living in London, diagnosed with Colitis in 2013, says, "Daily tracking how you're feeling, how you're eating, your stress levels, gives a certain amount of confidence that someone at the hospital is monitoring how you’re doing without you having to go into the hospital every two months. I feel that there is an invisible person being a safety net for me. Should my condition deteriorate there is someone watching and they will catch it before it deteriorates too badly."

We’re delighted to be working with the national charity and the NHS to support more digitally enabled, personalised care for people living with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Nader Alaghband
CEO of Ampersand Health

Nader Alaghband, CEO of Ampersand Health, said “The traditional model of long-term care doesn’t work for patients or for the NHS. Routine face to face appointments rarely reflect clinical need and often cause inconvenience for patients and inefficiency for hospitals. Conversely, collaborative self-management can improve patient experience, quality of life and health and can help the NHS deliver care that is sustainable in the long run.”

Partnering with Crohn’s & Colitis UK is great validation of the evidence-based approach we’ve taken to developing MyIBD Care. We’ve worked closely with patients and forward-thinking doctors to develop an app that gives patients more control and understanding of their condition.

Dr. Gareth Parkes,
Consultant in Gastroenterology at Barts Health NHS Trust and Co-founder of Ampersand Health

Ampersand is working with Crohn’s & Colitis UK’s local voluntary networks as well as supporting the charity’s WALK IT summer event series this year.