The UK's first dedicated information system for dementia

Published on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:37
Written by Vicki Mitchem

6PM and the West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) is developing ConCERT-D, an advanced clinical solution designed to manage dementia patients and dementia research.

ConCERT-D will be used to hold all the information regarding dementia treatment for a patient at a very granular level and therefore providing detailed dashboard and information for the clinician. It will also act as a recruitment and management tool for any UKCRN research study as it holds details for patients assembled through community organisations and service structures as well as through specialist services.

Patients and their carers who have consented to participate and are willing to be approached for their involvement in these research studies will have their demographic and basic clinical details held on the patient register application. They may then be approached to be involved in a variety of clinical research projects (cohort studies, intervention studies and other epidemiological enquiries), all of which will be subjected to separate ethics approval, R&D registration and consent.

Research is vitally important to help develop a better understanding of neurodegenerative conditions and possible new treatments. The aim of research is to find better ways of looking after patients, keeping them healthy and improving their quality of life.

ConCERT-D will be able to promote a greater number of patients and carers to be eligible for research and ensure patients get the best possible cutting edge care for their condition.

"This is one of the most exciting products released by the 6PM Group as it will enhance the patient experience by enabling the clinician to view all the treatment and results at the click of a button and so enable them to focus more on the patient. In addition it will enable the clinician to identify and recruit far more patients for research, which will be vital to the continual improvement in treatment and understanding of the condition," – Steve Wightman, 6PM's Deputy CEO.

"Linking people with dementia with high quality research has historically been very problematic. Registering an individual's interest has proved very effective in earlier pilot system but this new system will allow us to embed the register completely in clinical practice. This will allow even more people to gain access to the high quality dementia research we undertake." -Dr Craig Ritchie, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Mental Health, Imperial College London; R&D Director and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, West London Mental Health Trust; Co-Director, London (Northwest) CLRN.

6PM will be the main sponsor during The Dementia Challenge that is going to be held at The Mermaid, City of London on April 8. For more information about ConCERT-D visit the stand.

Source: 6PM

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