AI to help people with chronic conditions
A new NHS approved £1.5m ‘Tele-Pharmacy’ has opened in Liverpool aimed at assisting people living with chronic care conditions to manage their medicinal needs through an artificial intelligent (AI) mobile app. ‘Now Patient’, developed by Now Healthcare Group, aims to support up to 15 million people living with long-term health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and lung disease, to get free delivery of their repeat NHS prescriptions across the UK. Now Pharmacy will be able to dispense around 500,000 prescriptions per month and will use AI to help smooth the distribution process, helping those who have had difficulty accessing their medications. Lee Dentith, Founder and CEO of Now Healthcare Group said, “The NHS is evolving, and digital innovation is crucial to offering patients quality care and choice. 15 million people in the UK are suffering with chronic conditions, and Now Patient enables them to be empowered to manage their own healthcare needs and to reduce the strain on our country’s overstretched health services. “We are the first and only tele-health company in the world to have its own tele-pharmacy, which has been kitted out with the optimum robotic technology to streamline processes and service and fulfill medicines for thousands of NHS patients.” The app is free to download and is available to NHS Chronis Care Patients, who can nominate Now Patient as their NHS pharmacy to get free delivery of repeat prescriptions.