Hack COVID19

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Challenges proposed are listed below, and your winners are in BOLD!

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Challenges proposed

1) A mechanism to allow patients to be discharged to continuing secondary care but in their own home for a period of time - a kind of 'virtual ward'. Care homes could be "virtual" extensions of hospital care, provide monitoring, a virtual ward visit and advice, but allow people to stay in a familiar environment. E-mail.

2) Those who are most vulnerable and may not have the means to buy digital equipment or pay for internet access are becoming increasingly isolated. The CCC has developed an integrated primary care service that offers physical and emotional care and support through our general practice; our challenge is to secure this support for the most vulnerable.E-mail

3) There is no way for people who use 'easy read' communication methods to participate in 'chat' rooms or social media independently. A big problem for those who now do not get visits from their friends or family. E-mail

4)A suitable system which could be played on mobile, computer, and Smart TV, to provide physio rehab to post-op arthroplasty (surgical replacement of joint or limb) patients, remotely. A single physio could the simultaneously monitor multiple patients at a specific time.E-mail

5) Patients in pain management prefer speaking to local services rather than engaging with generic online resources. There are no remote/online pain management services that can be personal, that don't share data (as individual patients have individual needs) and can feed back to the clinician. The service also needs to provide some generic resources, and access to a therapist, as well as collecting patient feedback. An app or website may not be the best route. E-mail

6) We would like to deliver a visual and interactive Falls Prevention exercise programme to those older adults now isolated in their homes; they should be able to keep moving without being afraid of falling and not being able to access help. E-mail

7) Our prescriptions have to be printed and physically taken to chemist as there is no "Spine" in Wales. E-mail

8) Setting up a remote consultation service,incorporating remote imaging investigations and new app potentially. E-mail

9) We would like a way to deliver prerecorded information usually given in a face to face genetics clinic so that the patient can view it on their computer or phone, before their telephone appointment. The pre recorded information would involve staff talking and diagrams to aid understanding. This would enable effective and also shorter phone appointments allowing waiting list issues to be improved along with an alternative to face to face appointments. E-mail

10) Could communities create Personel Protective Equipment: Masks and gowns? How might local industries and individuals produce PPE that protects patients and healthcare professionals that is simple, safe and scalable? E-mail

11) Deprived areas in Wales mean that some children, and BAME people, are being disproportiionately affected. Healthy eating is as important as social distancing for COVID19. Our all-Wales nutrition skills training programme provides accredited nutrition training for health, social care, education and third sector workers. There are two aspects to the programme, and both require face-to-face interaction. This needs to be done somehow for deprived areas, who cannot travel to us, but who need or services. E-mail

12) Cancer screening is becoming an issue, with people both unaware of the symptoms, but also afraid to visit their GP at this time. Screening servives have also been suspended. This means diagnosis and treatment will likely not occur until later stages of cancer. We need a way to raise awareness of this, of cancer symptoms, and increase confidence to visit GPs at this time. E-mail

13) Peadiatric Pysiotherapy, especially for those with gross motor delay, usually relies on a team of people taking part in the check-ups at certain specific points. This cannot be done due to COVID19. An alternate option to deliver and guide appropriate tailored activity for families to work on with their children whilst supporting them to self manage with on going support from the clinicians is required. E-mail

14) We have developed a Resilience course which we believe would be of great value particularly in view of the COVID 19 pandemic – how do we rapidly get this online and accessible? Does your company have experience of E Learning? E-mail

15) Face masks for lip reading - We support several adults with a learning disability who rely on lip reading for communication. The wearing of face masks makes communication difficult. There are patterns available from the US for individuals to make their own fabric masks with a transparent section, but there is nothing in the UK. E-mail

16) Iodine for bronchitis detection. E-mail

17)A short range communication aid for use whilst wearing PPE. A battery powered microphone unit would need to fit inside a FFP3 mask and transmit to a loudspeaker unit in the same room. Can't rely on mobile phone as these should not be taken into negative pressure rooms. E-mail

18) There's a need to provide Pulmonary Rehabilitation (group exercise and education) virtually in many patient’s homes simultaneously to prevent further decline of the chronic respiratory disease patients. E-mail

19) Surgical masks prevent view of lip-patterns and facial expressions, essential for communication by the one in six of the population with hearing impairment. Whilst we are trying “speech to text” apps or simple notepads/whiteboards, these services need an equivalent to the surgical masks that keeps the mouth area visible. E-mail

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