24 June 2016

Patients get access to digital self-reporting

The hospital in Vestfold will now start using digital self-reporting to increase patient involvement and reduce duplication of work in registration of sensitive information. This makes the patients more active in their own treatment and clinicians are better prepared when meeting the patients.

An agreement is made with CheckWare who delivers solutions for digital patient involvement. The system will replace the current practice where the patient enters forms and tests using pen and paper. The patients now get the possibility to reply via internet, and the results are immediately available for the clinicians.

Vestfold Hospital is the first hospital in Health South-East in Norway using this solution, but all hospitals in Health West and several other health care institutions have already started using CheckWare.

-It is important for the hospital to provide digital solutions to the public, as we believe it will lead to better treatment, says CEO at Vestfold Hospital, Stein Kinserdal. He also emphasizes the importance of the solution being secure and proven, so that patients can be confident that no information leaks.

CheckWare with Vestfold Hospital
Stein Kinserdal and Heidi Blengsli Aabel

The clinic for Psychiatry and Drug abuse treatment is the first clinic that adopts the new system at Vestfold Hospital. Here, both the patient, family and others will be involved in the treatment which usually takes place over a long period. During this period much information is collected. As the solution can be used both from home and at the clinic, this is time saving for all parties. In additon it becomes easier for the hospital to follow up patient progress over time and take action or change the treatment program if necessary.

Eventually the solution will be adopted at other clinics at the hospital as well. Other hospitals are already using CheckWare in the follow up of patients with respiratory diseases, rehabilitation of cancer and congenital diseases and other areas where there is an extensive use of self-reporting. Vestfold Hospital will continue to take advantage of this experience and provide a digital offer to as many people as possible.

CEO in CheckWare, Heidi Blengsli Aabel, is very pleased that Vestfold Hospital chose CheckWare.

-We have a stated goal in Norway to create the Patient's Health Service. Through the agreement with Vestfold Hospital it becomes easier for us to create solutions that are even better for the patients, she says.

The agreement was signed after Vestfold  Hospital conducted a public bidding process where CheckWare was selected. This shows that health technology from Norway is attractive and far advanced.

More about Vestfold Hospital at http://www.siv.no

See also Norwegian article in Adresseavisen.