Charity-funded app wins healthcare award

14 June 2018

Charity-funded app wins healthcare award
A pioneering approach to help parents get more involved in caring for premature children has been recognised with an award for its use of technology to improve value in healthcare.

The neonatology team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust took home an HSJ Value Award for its work on a mobile app providing accurate medical information that parents of premature children can rely on for support.

The Integrated Family Delivered Neonatal Care app is part of an approach, funded by an £180,000 grant from the charity, to help the parents of premature babies become the main caregiver while in hospital, teaching them how to wash, feed and observe their child, as well as administer medical care under the supervision of hospital staff.

“We are all very proud, delighted and pleasantly surprised by this achievement,” said Jayanta Banerjee, a Neonatal Consultant at the Trust. “This gives our project a national exposure and wider acceptance, also gives us a feeling of achievement as well.”

“This award is dedicated to all the staff members and parents who have been an integral part of this project. I am incredibly honoured to be part of such a dedicated team, and everyone involved should be proud of what has been achieved.”

The traditional care model for premature babies, relying primarily on hospital staff, takes control away from the parents, which can detract from typical familial bonding and often leads to anxiety among parents and babies.

The app, currently available for Apple and Android devices, also allows parents to record their baby’s progress and share it with others. Although it was designed with parents at the Trust’s hospitals in mind, it’s also being used around the UK as well as being endorsed by Bliss, a charity working to provide the best possible care for premature and sick babies.

Watch the video below to find out more about how the project is helping parents care for their children.