What we do

Helicon Health gives professionals and patients the tools and knowledge to collaborate effectively online for the prevention of stroke.

Our approach is compliant with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on anticoagulation and self-monitoring, and cited as a learning exemplar in NICE’s guidelines for atrial fibrillation.  It brings care closer to home, improves outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease and saves money.

We work with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and other healthcare providers to design services that meet the specific needs of their patient community.

Tools to support stroke prevention

Stroke is a growing problem but it is widely acknowledged that with the right strategies, the number of strokes could be significantly reduced.  Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for stroke.  That is why our initial package of services  (HeliconHeart) supports the management of patients with atrial fibrillation through the establishment of tools to treat the main components of this increasingly common condition. These comprise advisory and management systems which address the treatment of the heart rate and heart rhythm and the co-existing morbidities such as hypertension and heart failure as well as the dedicated anticoagulant advisory system.

Soon our work will extend to the management of other long-term conditions such as coronary artery disease and diabetes, where the overlap with stroke prevention treatment is considerable.

How do we work with CCGs?

Our first step often involves helping CGGs and providers make the business case for the new services, looking at costs and potential savings.  We work closely with our clients to scope out what is needed.  Once the needs are defined, we draw on our extensive clinical and technical know-how to tailor packages and set up systems that typically include web-based software, accredited CPD and robust clinical governance.

We are firmly committed to an ongoing programme of R&D.  In addition, members of our team have led and contributed to a diverse range of research papers on issues such as anticoagulation, electronic health records, clinical governance and e-health.