New portal to help arthritis patients

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The Haywood Arthritis Portal – a new online system for people with inflammatory arthritis treated by the Haywood Rheumatology team

The Rheumatology Team at the Haywood Hospital have recently launched a new online system for people with inflammatory arthritis, called the “Haywood arthritis portal”. This exciting new system was developed using funding from the Haywood Foundation.

Inflammatory arthritis groups together conditions causing joint inflammation. There are many types of inflammatory arthritis. The commonest ones are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and axial spondylarthritis (inflammation of the spine).

The Portal is a secure online system that allows people to enter information about their arthritis and health using a computer, smartphone, or tablet. It is available at the following link:

People with a diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis who are cared for by the Haywood Rheumatology Team are invited to register and complete a Portal health entry in the week before their appointment. This information is then transferred to their electronic medical records, where it is viewed by the healthcare professional treating them at their “remote” or in-person appointment.

The portal allows people to report their arthritis symptoms and helps their doctors or nurses understand how their arthritis is affecting them. This means they are better able to help them.

The portal is currently being piloted in a limited number of outpatient clinics. The rheumatology team will then use these findings to improve the Portal before making it more widely available.

Dr Ian Scott (pictured), the Consultant Rheumatologist leading on the portal’s development said: “Inflammatory arthritis has many different impacts on peoples’ lives. It can be hard to assess these fully in a short follow-up appointment. The information people enter in the portal will give us a much better understanding of how their arthritis is doing and how it is affecting them. This will help us provide them with the best possible care. I am very excited to be able to make this new online system available to our patients and am grateful to the Haywood Foundation for funding this important project”.

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