New app for thrombosis patients
  • New app for thrombosis patients

New app for thrombosis patients

New app for thrombosis patients

On World Thrombosis Day, October 13, Antonius Hospital introduced a new app that is specially designed for patients with thrombosis. This innovative app, developed by Porta Vita and already successfully used in several hospitals, offers thrombosis patients the opportunity to gain more control over their treatment by providing direct access to their anticoagulation dosage. Thrombosis is a condition in which the blood's clotting and anti-clotting systems are out of balance, which can result in unwanted blood clots in the blood vessels.

The app for thrombosis patients offers various functions, including showing the number of tablets to be taken on a certain day, the next injection date and the complete dosing schedule. In addition, the app provides access to essential medical data and patients receive messages from the thrombosis service. A useful feature allows patients to immediately indicate in the app which tablets they have already taken, which can significantly improve their medication management.

The concept of this app is not new in the world of thrombosis care and was first introduced at the Slingeland hospital in 2019. A year ago, the app was also successfully implemented by the Thrombosis Service Apeldoorn-Zutphen of Gelre hospitals. On the same date as World Thrombosis Day, the Antonius thrombosis service also chose to embrace this innovative app, because of the clear benefits it offers to thrombosis patients.

Grietje Woudstra, dosing advisor at the Clinical Chemical Laboratory of Antonius, emphasizes the importance of digitalization in the future of healthcare on the Antonius website. She explains that the My PortaVita app is currently available for patients up to 75 years of age, but that after this implementation, patients aged 75 years and older will also have the opportunity to work with the app. She does not expect any problems when using the app, because it is simple and user-friendly, and thrombosis patients are usually familiar with digital technology.

Thrombosis occurs when the balance between coagulation and anticoagulation in the blood is disturbed, leading to the formation of blood clots even without an injury. The treatment of thrombosis includes the use of blood thinners to prevent the formation of clots. It is crucial that the dosage of the medication is carefully matched to the body's needs to make the treatment effective and safe.

Previously, thrombosis patients at Antonius received their dosing instructions and information by post, but thanks to the introduction of the app, this information is now directly available on their phone, tablet or laptop. This digital option offers thrombosis patients more freedom and control. The app sends notifications for the next injection appointment and provides an overview of all medications. Patients can communicate with the thrombosis service via the app and report any changes in medication use, medical procedures or holiday plans.

Finally, Grietje Woudstra emphasizes that, although these benefits may seem small, the use of the app is ultimately more sustainable, efficient and patient-friendly. The app provides thrombosis patients with the necessary tools and information and offers them the opportunity to improve their self-management.