New app enables patients with chronic pancreatitis to be cared for at home

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Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin, have received funding to develop a new app which will enable the hospital to care for patients with chronic pancreatitis in their own homes and communities.

TUH research has shown that Ireland has among the highest numbers in Europe suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

The hospital’s Interdisciplinary Chronic Pancreatitis Service, TU Dublin Innovation team and Trinity College, Dublin applied for and received funding for the new App.

Being able to care for patients in their homes and communities, aligns with TUH’s vision of being a hospital without walls. It will also be the first ever digital tool of its type to help those suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

The new SmartCP app will enable patients with chronic pancreatitis to report red flags like worsening malabsorptive symptoms and signs of new diabetes so that doctors can intervene earlier to achieve better outcomes. Those who suffer from this particular condition have a higher than normal risk of developing pancreatic cancer and therefore the detection of red flag pancreatic cancer symptoms would allow for crucial early diagnosis and treatment.

The project will be coordinated by Prof. Kevin Conlon, Consultant Surgeon at TUH and Professor of Surgery at Trinity College, Dublin and Dr Sinead Duggan, Senior Research Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin.