- Digital GP provider Babylon announces second trust partnership
- Royal Wolverhampton CEO says he expects some backlash from GPs in region
- The collaboration will result in the world’s first integrated digital healthcare system
Babylon has announced major plans to partner with a Midlands trust and launch “digital-first integrated care” across the region.
The digital GP provider and the Royal Wolverhampton Trust have announced a 10-year partnership to develop what they say will be a new model of healthcare – with services set to launch before the end of the year.
The trust itself already runs 10 GP practices – more than any other in England — as well as acute and community services. Its chief executive told HSJ its GPs were strongly supportive, but he expected some backlash from primary care elsewhere in the region.
According to the announcement from Wolverhampton and Babylon, the partnership will allow patients to access NHS primary, secondary and community healthcare services through a single app.
There are plans for remote access to GPs and hospital specialists, real-time monitoring of patients with chronic conditions and rehab following a hospital admission are among the digital services that patients will be able to access in the region.
Artificial intelligence will also be used to create personal care plans and give patients medical information and triage advice based on their symptoms, the pair said in a statement.
Wolverhampton is the second trust in the region to link with Babylon, after the private provider partnered with University Hospitals Birmingham last year.
Date: 23 January 2020