StrokePad™ by 6PM helping in the management of stroke patients at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

StrokePad, a tablet-based clinical record for stroke patients, is being introduced on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).

StrokePad is a comprehensive, real-time, point-of-care, digital clinical record developed to address all stroke assessment needs throughout the care pathway. It is a joint venture between UCLH and 6PM with the required design and build being undertaken in conjunction with the clinicians of University College Hospital Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and the Institute of Neurology, UCL. The development of StrokePad has also been supported by awards provided by the North Central London Cardiovascular and Stroke Network and the UCL Biomedical Research Centre. It helps to manage the entire stroke pathway from admission to discharge, including each activity of the assessment, so clinicians can focus on patient care and outcomes.  This comprehensive digital record helps to remove duplication, ensures excellent data quality, and produces reports against all local, network, and national statutory requirements e.g. SSNAP. These up-to-date reports ensure that the stroke service is able to recover all fees associated with stroke care.

Ivan Bartolo, CEO at 6PM said: “The system is beneficial for clinicians, and can help to save time and money. It not only makes the data gathering process transparent to the clinical pathway, but also automates clinical administrative tasks that clinicians currently have to do unassisted, such as generating discharge summaries.”

“At the Stroke Service, as in other hospitals, we have relatively senior clinicians spending a large proportion of their time writing discharge summaries. This is a substantial burden on manpower as it can average one full-time position per day. We have introduced algorithms in StrokePad that summarise the information and generate the discharge summary automatically. It greatly accelerates the discharge process as the clinician only has to fill out a single screen related to functional status and recommendations.  Patients can now be discharged during ward rounds, directly supervised by the consultant, reducing the risk of errors and saving clinician time,” commented Dr Parashkev Nachev, Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCLH.

Dr Simister is the UCLH Comprehensive Stroke Service Lead and one of three stroke clinicians who have worked together with 6PM to design StrokePad. Dr Simister is looking forward to the full introduction of StrokePad on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and believes that StrokePad will generate a huge change in working practices in the stroke service. He says “StrokePad is transforming our service by reducing the burden of unnecessary administration and data collection tasks for clinical staff and by making our data immediately accessible and available to us to drive forward our quality improvement programme.”