The Epilepsy Care Alliance is a consortium led by UK healthcare software specialist Shearwater Systems and includes Graphnet Health, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Kent. Our mission is to improve the treatment and quality of life of people with epilepsy.
The project has been co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovations agency. The ECA was awarded £722,000 funding as part of an initiative to support projects with novel ideas for health informatics, specifically, using data to address healthcare needs within a hospital setting.
All four parties bring their individual, highly-specialised expertise to the Epilepsy Care Alliance.
is providing the tracking elements of the solution. The research team has a particular focus on mobile computing, the smartphone-based sensing of human activities, and social activity tracking using wearable sensing technologies. Read more – Dr Jim Ang, Senior Lecturer in Multimedia and Digital Systems and Dr Christos Efstratiou, Lecturer in Ubiquitous Computing and Head of the University of Kent research team.
is building the epilepsy datasets and analysis tools into its CareCentric shared care record. This data will be added to the extensive range of clinical information already collected and managed by the CareCentric digital record system. Graphnet will also contribute its considerable experience of patient consent, information governance, interoperability and security.
uses its Rapport mobile application development environment to provide the patient portal and integrate it with Graphnet’s data-sharing platform. Shearwater already provides web-based clinical tools and mobile applications for Graphnet’s CareCentric shared care record.
is implementing the technology and associated care pathways are implemented at Poole Hospital, which runs the county-wide Dorset Epilepsy Service. This service is run under clinical lead Dr Rupert Page, who is also the chief clinical information officer. Dr Page heads a team of health practitioners and patients who contribute to the specification and evaluation of myCareCentric Epilepsy. Poole Hospital already uses CareCentric – Graphnet’s trusted and robust shared care record software. Read more – Dr Rupert Page, consultant neurologist and clinical lead for epilepsy at Poole Hospital.