Digital health provider secures cardio rehab contracts

Digital healthcare company Spirit Digital has secured contracts with CCGs across the UK to provide cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services via its remote monitoring programme CliniTouch Vie.

The government plans to increase referrals for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation from 13% to 60% by 2023 and GPs have been incentivised to encourage referrals through the new Quality Outcome Framework. However, progress was interrupted as services were suspended during the Covid-19 lockdown in March.

Spirit Digital said its services would enable CCGs to get back on track by providing remote services which can help patients with conditions such as heart failure and COPD monitor their exercise and improve overall quality-of-life.

According to the company, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation can support better patient self-management, with 90% of patients who complete the programme having higher activity and exercise levels. Additionally, it said clinical studies found treatment helps reduce the number of exacerbations, acute and emergency admissions and primary care appointments.

Spirit Digital managing director Simon Applebaum said: ‘With cardio and respiratory disease identified as a national clinical priority within the NHS Long Term Plan, it’s more important than ever to ensure that patients with these conditions can continue to access their treatment programmes, while also facilitating increased capacity without adversely impacting clinical teams’ workloads. As a digital platform, CliniTouch Vie enables remote access to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and collaboration between clinicians and patients, meaning more people can benefit from the treatment from the safety of their home, while still being monitored by their healthcare practitioner.’