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AI technology speeds up stroke care and reduces costs
New artificial intelligence (AI)-driven imaging support software which has the potential to deliver huge benefits to hundreds of stroke patients each year and significant cost savings to the NHS has been implemented at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBH). The Oxford AHSN is supporting wider regional roll-out backed by NHS England. The CE-marked e-Stroke Suite developed by Brainomix Ltd includes tools for non-contrast CT and CT angiography brain scans, connecting physicians and facilitating information transfer. The software supports physicians in identifying patients who would benefit from acute stroke treatments, selecting patients most likely to benefit from specific interventions, such as mechanical thrombectomy.
SPACE QI Training
Safer Provision and Care Excellence (SPACE) is a new and exciting care home regional educational programme that has been rolled out across the West Midlands region.
The O2COMFORT flowmeter offers an innovative answer to oxygen therapy. This device can deliver oxygen in a traditional, continuous manner, but it also contains a comfort mode in which a dose of oxygen is only administered upon inhalation. The comfort settings 1 to 5 give an equivalent therapy of 1 to 5 litres per minute of continuous flow. The flowmeter offers additional advantages over the traditional flowmeter. When in comfort mode, the oxygen delivery follows the natural breath rate of the patient. In this way the O2COMFORT flowmeter increases the wellbeing of the patient while reducing the waste of medical oxygen.
Hospify - Trusted Healthcare Messaging for Everyone
Ill-served by inefficient, outdated communication, over 600,000 NHS professionals are currently using consumer messaging services like WhatsApp to supplement communication. But the arrival of GDPR regulations in May 2018 rendered healthcare institutions whose employees use these consumer tools to handle patient identifiable data liable for fines of up to 4 per cent of their annual turnover. Hospify is a GDPR and NHS IG-compliant messaging service designed to remove this liability in the UK and in Europe. Available for free in the Apple and Android app stores, Hospify puts a simple, affordable solution directly into the hands of healthcare professionals and patients.
Improving the accuracy of cancer detection
An innovative cancer diagnostic device developed by Manchester-based Zilico helps to improve accuracy in detecting cervical disease.
Can using point of care blood tests help inform decision making in patients over 65 presenting with acute frailty syndrome?
UK ambulance services have been identified as potential beneficiaries of point of care testing (POCT) to guide patient management and care pathways, but there is little published evidence on the uses, benefits and health economics of POCT in pre-hospital settings. The Oxford AHSN, along with eight specialist paramedics based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, conducted a quality improvement study to look at utilising POCT to aid decision-making in patients aged over 65 presenting to South Central Ambulance Service with acute frailty syndrome.
Unique point of care blood test speeds up clinical decision-making, improves quality of care and reduces costs
A new point of care blood testing device is being introduced into frontline NHS services after an evaluation at three hospitals showed that it reduced A&E waiting times and helped clinicians make quicker decisions and get it right first time.
The Oxford AHSN assists Fujifilm in real-world evaluation of point of care flu test
A new point of care test for the detection of flu is in the process of being commissioned by Buckinghamshire Healthcare after a winter evaluation in the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The test was developed by Fujifilm Medical Systems and is based on silver-amplified lateral flow technology in a simple cartridge with an automated reader.
Thousands more pregnant women benefit from test to rule out pre-eclampsia following national rollout led by the Oxford AHSN
Quick, accurate blood tests which can help rule out pre-eclampsia are improving care for pregnant women and their unborn babies, reducing anxiety and saving the NHS money. AHSNs are leading a rapid adoption project for these tests into maternity units across the country. Rapid uptake means these tests are becoming available to thousands more pregnant women – up from 29,000 in March 2019 to a predicted 200,000+ by the end of December 2019. The award-winning NHS/research/industry partnership has been selected for the NHS England Accelerated Access Collaborative, Innovation Technology Payment and Rapid Uptake programmes in 2019/20 which introduce an accelerated pathway to market for highly transformative innovations.
BESTIE is an interactive online platform built by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. It was designed to revolutionise the way children, young people and parents get access to online support for emotional wellbeing and mental health.
DrDoctor is a smartphone-based appointment management system, designed to help hospitals transform the way they communicate with patients and reduce DNA rates. Within nine weeks, the overall DNA rate at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was reduced by 35%.