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Imagine being able to save lives (and money) just by using your smartphone.
We’ve been helping Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust do just that. Turning Samsung Galaxy smartphones into portable heart monitors.
The London borough of Hounslow has one of the highest stroke rates in the country. The team at nearby West Middlesex University Hospital knew they could turn things around if they could identify more people with atrial fibrillation, a condition that increases the risk of stroke.
Atrial fibrillation causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. Yet many people are not even aware they have it. To find out, they’d usually have to wear a portable heart monitor for 24 hours or spend time and money travelling to hospital for an electrocardiogram (ECG).
And that’s where our secure 4G connectivity and Samsung’s technology came in.
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Thanks to the AliveCor KardiaMobile app on Samsung Galaxy Xcover devices, and the unbeatable coverage on our 4G network, patients can have an ECG right at their GP practice.
The process is simple. Patients place their fingers on the AliveCor device attached to the back of the Samsung phone. This sends electrical signals from their fingertips to the app, which records an ECG in just 30 seconds and checks for signs of atrial fibrillation. If a GP needs a second opinion, they can use the app to send the ECG to a team at West Middlesex University Hospital. They can respond on the spot, so there’s no waiting around.
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“When we’re out and about we can communicate using reliable 4G connectivity and Samsung mobile technology,” said Dr Sadia Khan, consultant cardiologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. “This forms an education network by bringing together support teams and making it easier to access skills and expertise.”
We’re proud to be helping to reduce the strain on the NHS. Our 4G is superfast, super secure and in more places than any other network, meaning the team in Hounslow could be confident in using the new screening service.
“EE provided excellent training and technical support throughout,” Dr Khan said. “Over the last six months 3,000 people in Hounslow have received ECG screening for atrial fibrillation. Nearly 200 have been diagnosed with the condition, which would more than likely have gone undetected before.”
The whole project is saving the NHS a lot of money – as much as £5 million over five years. Better still, it’s helping Hounslow meet NICE’s challenge of preventing 8,000 atrial fibrillation–related strokes nationally.