A mobile appli­ca­tion is used to fol­low up COVID-19 patients in home iso­la­tion in Soite

Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Joint Munic­i­pal Author­i­ty for Social and Health Ser­vices Soite has begun using a mobile appli­ca­tion for fol­low­ing up per­sons who have COVID-19 and are in home iso­la­tion. The appli­ca­tion makes it eas­i­er to fol­low up per­sons who have COVID-19 and makes it pos­si­ble to be in con­tact with pro­fes­sion­als in Soite.   

The health sta­tus in per­sons who have COVID-19 can change rapid­ly. That is why it is impor­tant to fol­low up the symp­toms on a dai­ly basis. When a per­son has been diag­nosed with COVID-19, the infec­tion pre­ven­tion unit in Soite gives him/her instruc­tions on how to install the Bud­dy­Care app on their phone. The app is used to gath­er infor­ma­tion on how the symp­toms in per­sons with COVID-19 devel­op dur­ing the home iso­la­tion. If the thresh­old val­ues that health care pro­fes­sion­als have deter­mined are exceed­ed when it comes to symp­toms, the per­son­ell at Soite’s infec­tion pre­ven­tion unit is noti­fied on their own pro­gram, and the patient gets help for his/her symp­toms at the right moment.

In addi­tion to symp­tom check-ups, a per­son with COVID-19 can use Bud­dy­Care to com­mu­ni­cate with health care per­son­nel, and the health care per­son­ell can con­tact the patient via the app. The app gives per­sons with COVID-19 peace of mine as they know their health sta­tus is fol­lowed up elec­tron­i­cal­ly and as they know they can use the app to eas­i­ly con­tact a pro­fes­sion­al in soite if need­ed. The app can also be used to dis­trib­ute impor­tant and cur­rent infor­ma­tion for the users of the app.

The app relieves the pres­sure of Soite’s nurs­ing per­son­nel by autom­a­tiz­ing the symp­tom check-ups. Until now, the patients have been con­tact­ed by phone and infor­ma­tion has been col­lect­ed man­u­al­ly in charts. Thanks to the app, the per­son­nel no longer needs to make so many phone calls and resources are freed up for trac­ing infections.

The Bud­dy­Care app is also used at the out­pa­tient clin­ic for inter­nal med­i­cine in Soite for patients who are com­ing for a colonoscopy. Dur­ing the spring of 2020, Bud­dy Health­care devel­oped a ver­sion of the app that hos­pi­tals can use to fol­low up per­sons with COVID-19 at a dis­tance. Soite began using the sys­tem in fol­low­ing up per­sons with COVID-19 in November.

Soite has active­ly made use of elec­tron­ic chan­nells dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic: it is pos­si­ble to book an appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus test via the Omaolo appli­ca­tion, and it is pos­si­ble to receive the results from a coro­n­avirus test to one’s mobile phone. With the Bud­dy­Care app, per­sons who have COVID-19 will also be able to use elec­tron­ic ser­vices. The elec­tron­ic ser­vices com­ple­ment oth­er ways of doing errands and care prac­tis­es in Soite.


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