LifeBox is based on decades of observations, experience underpinned by clinical knowledge. When we looked at large groups of patients undergoing hospital procedures, we could identify a real need for improving the consistency of patient health assessment care.
The current system can be disjointed and inefficient for both the hospital and the patient. It is clear that the existing paper heavy process that occurs throughout the UK is no longer fit for purpose in a modern digital age. This outdated method is also not in keeping with the NHS vision of a digital and paperless NHS by 2020. We wanted to find a way to elevate standards and, whilst efficiently refocusing often limited hospital resources and pre-assessment staff time, to identify patients’ individual needs early on in their journey. This way, the patients with underlying health problems, could be identified earlier and benefit more from face to face time and investigations.
We understand the benefit to patients when they have more ownership and understanding of their own health. Lifebox was created to be patient centred, to improve patient engagement in their own health. The ultimate aim aligned with that of all doctors- to improve hospital care and overall health. The design of this patient centred health assessment meant that many patients could undergo their hospital assessment away from the hospital. Being able to complete it in their own homes, not only reducing stress, but also facilitating the engagement of close family and friends in the process, whilst limiting unneeded timely hospital visits. As well as the health assessment aiding a thorough clinical health check, we have improved patient information by converting it into audio visual media. This information is essential to surgical consent and has quite rightly gained increasing focus by patients, hospitals and the legal systems.