Flo is part of the Power of people, our series of films about life-changing health care innovation. 

Flo is a simple telehealth system that uses text messages to support patients to manage their own health and wellbeing. Our film shows how Flo can help people in different ways: to manage diabetes, to live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to breastfeed.

Flo has had a huge impact on people’s lives, revolutionising the way patients manage their own health. Since 2010 it has been used by more than 30,000 people in over 70 health and social care organisations in the UK. A simple to use system with a big personality, Flo shows that telehealth does not have to be about complicated health care technology.

In this section we get to know Flo a bit better, looking at how Flo works and how it helps people manage their own health and care. 

To find out more about the project, contact Lisa Taylor, Senior Specialist lisa.taylor@nhssimple.uk; Karen Moore, Specialist karen.moore@nhssimple.uk and Phil O'Connell, Global Lead phil.oconnell@nhssimple.uk


Alan Brown

Why are the Health Foundation supporting this iniative, when it creates so much risk for organisations in terms of IG and patient safety?

Simon Jones

Given the excellent range of digital health solutions developed and delivered in the UK why does HF actively promote only one of them?

Given HF clear endorsement of one particular initiative how do they demonstrate transparency when alternative initiatives apply for funding?

The Health Foundation

Flo is a snapshot of just one of the many innovative and impactful improvement projects that the Health Foundation funds. The film is representative of the innovation that is possible within health care settings and seeks to inspire others, not to exclusively promote Flo. You can take a look at the other initiatives the Health Foundation funds through the ‘Shine’ programme, which two of our other ‘Power of people’ films ‘Recovery College’ and ‘ Pills’ are from. We have had four rounds of funding for a wide range of 85 innovative projects since 2010: http://www.health.org.uk/programmes?page=3

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