The AHSN Network has supported many innovators to help advance our health and care system. Find out more about successful innovations supported by the NHS.
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Point of care blood testing by Specialist Paramedics managing patients presenting with Acute Frailty
A single site quality improvement project, using POC blood tests to help inform decision making for patients >65 presenting to specialist paramedics with acute frailty syndrome, leading to better decision making and at scene discharge rates.
Point of care flu testing in A&E
The Oxford AHSN assisted in setting up the real world evaluation of two different Point of Care (POC) tests for influenza at the Royal Berkshire and High Wycombe hospitals. Both tests resulted in better patient management and outcomes, and health economic evaluation showed savings of £200 per patient tested as well as reduced length of stay.
Safe Steps is a digital falls risk assessment tool, designed to reduce the number of falls in care homes.
PRIME IoT is a smart solution to monitoring and recording patient data. It utilises wireless sensors and the PRIME IoT hub which can transmit vital signs to the user's own phone or tablet.
Stay Alive app
Eastern AHSN is supporting the evaluation of the Stay Alive app which is a suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis.
Incumbent NHS psychological services (IAPT) are characterised by lengthy waiting-lists and poor recovery rates, and these are subject to considerable geographic variation. Increased demand, reductions in real-terms investment in mental health services and increased competition for face-to-face sessions means that despite making the effort to see a GP, many will not receive face-to-face care, with this figure currently reaching one-in-three.
Falls are the most common cause of hospital admission for people age over 65 and the rate of falls is almost two times as high in older adults with a visual impairment. How can we use innovation to increase rates of vision screenings and reduce instances of falls the elderly?
SPEaC Happy is a real-time feedback tool, analytics platform and training facility for organisations. By listening to staff, it enhances well-being and engagement and improves the working environment for all.
KiActiv® Health is a clinically proven digital therapy designed to improve the self-management of long-term conditions using personalised everyday physical activity. The personalised interactive dashboard promotes authentic choice and empowers effective self-care, supported by a dedicated mentor.
Wessex AHSN is supporting start-up MedEngine to develop and test its Flytta system, which seeks to improve self-management and clinical care in Parkinson’s Disease, a condition with few technological innovations available to help.
Dehydration is a concern for older people due to the potential adverse effects on function and clinical outcome; common complications include constipation, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, and dizziness leading to falls and fractures.