Self care and self-monitoring involves helping the patient and their carer/family to become more confident and more competent so they can take greater responsibility for the maintenance of their well-being and personal health, with the guidance of their clinician.

What does self care mean for patients?

Self care for patients on oral anticoagulation requires a combination of self-testing and self-managing. It gives patients more information and responsibility and it can contribute to better patient outcomes.

As explained by Anticoagulation Europe, “studies have shown that people self-testing their own oral anticoagulation therapy stay within their therapeutic range more of the time and have less blood clots (thrombotic events) and less bleeding (haemorrhagic events) complications than those who visit anticoagulation clinics as their only form of monitoring.”

How can HeliconHeart help me self-monitor?

Effective self-monitoring requires patients to feel confident enough to play a bigger role in decisions about their health. If it is to work, patients need information and access to the right people at the right time.

Accessed by browser or smart phone, HeliconHeart is user friendly. It allows patients to:

  • see and update their health record
  • upload results of tests
  • get online advice
  • communicate securely with their clinicians
  • undertake self-testing or self-management
  • upload their results online or send them to their clinician via SMS or IVR (Interactive Voice Response)
  • develop a more effective partnership with their GP, nurse practitioner or pharmacist.

HeliconHeart is already supporting a growing community of self-testing patients. Patients wishing to explore self care options should talk to their GP.