Tallaght University Hospital developing chronic pancreatitis app

by Rachel Cunningham
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This week, Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) and its interdisciplinary chronic pancreatitis team showcased an innovative mobile phone app, termed the SmartCP app.

This app empowers patients to take control of their condition and will improve communication with the hospital team by streamlining and coordinating patient management and enabling TUH to care for patients in their homes and communities, aligning with TUH’s vision of being ‘a hospital without walls’. 

Chronic pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas is inflamed and becomes progressively more damaged over time. It is incurable and management centres around dealing with symptoms and complications as they arise. 

“This new digital tool will improve patient access to specialist care, no matter where they live in the country,” said Professor Kevin Conlon, project PI. 

The SmartCP project is supported by an innovation grant from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The project was coordinated by Professor Kevin Conlon Consultant Surgery at TUH and Professor of Surgery at Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Sinead Duggan, a Senior Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin and former TUH Nutrition & Dietetics Department member and Ms. Marie Egan, Clinical Nurse Specialist in TUH.

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