New-look ‘Cancer Companion’ app improving patient outcomes across the southwest

The award-winning cancer support app MySunrise has been given a full makeover, with major enhancements to its design, features and user experience.

Originally Launched on 8th June 2018, and co-founded by NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Dr George Brighton, the app supports cancer patients and their families through every stage of their diagnosis and treatment pathway at NHS hospitals. The app acts as a ‘Cancer Companion’ linking you directly to your healthcare provider, removing barriers to help and supporting you through your cancer journey.

The app is available to new and existing users across Devon and Cornwall, and it’s improving patient outcomes and reducing appointment times across the southwest.

We spoke to George to find out more about their recent developments.

This has been a huge step forward for our team in rolling out our new update across the South West of England. We are now looking to share the benefits of this learning and platform by working with new Cancer Teams and Alliances across the UK.

The key change is the new Treatment Pathway. We’ve worked really hard to restructure the huge amount of content in the app to better support patients with the right content and information at the right time along their pathway. We hope this new feature will help patients at whatever stage, treatment or diagnosis. We have also now included some new digital tools including virtual pre-assessment and prehabilitation as well as support for patient initiated follow up and cancer care reviews.”

MySunrise Animation – Prehabilitation

MySunrise signposts patients and families to the information they need quickly via its user-friendly interface, connecting them with their local Cancer Centre and providing access to support groups. It now also features interactive timelines and content that’s nationally recognised and written by clinicians, and it’s really easy to use (92% of users agree). The app is also region-specific, meaning users only get the most relevant and local information, from trusted and reliable sources.

As well as helping cancer patients and their families, the app also appeals to healthcare professionals by helping to improve their efficiency – saving valuable appointment time, reducing pressure on the NHS, and promoting a collaborative approach to cancer care. This collaboration reflects the MySunrise app being shortlisted for the 2022 HSJ Partnership Awards for HealthTech Partnership of the Year.

In the past, a cancer patient’s journey has often been a lonely and confusing one, with little to no relevant digital resources to help them access the information they need – just a pile of generic leaflets. MySunrise changes that by introducing patients to healthcare professionals that they might actually meet, making daunting hospital appointments less intimidating. This is achieved via bespoke videos and content written by clinicians from the hospital they are attending.

MySunrise will be at UKONs Annual Conference – Cancer in the digital age in Belfast on the 11th/12th November if you would like to know more.

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Published by Lucy Dentice

Deputy Programme Manager for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.