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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Healthy.io is a health-tech company with a mission to improve healthcare outcomes by turning the smartphone into a regulatory approved clinical device. Its first product line, Dip.io, allows patients to do regular urine tests at home using their smartphone cameras and a digital testing kit and measures 10 parameters, indicating a range of infections, chronic illnesses and pregnancy-related complications.
Quality Hospital Solutions Limited (QHS)
Quality Hospital Solutions Limited (QHS) is a North East based company specialising in providing innovative products and solutions to the NHS.
AliveCor developed a portable ECG device to detect undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AF). With the AHSN network the product has now been taken up across 11 AHSN areas and has contributed to the detection of 365 patients with undiagnosed AF in one year. This means that the equivalent of one stroke per day has been prevented by this work, saving lives, reducing disability, and saving almost £8.5 million for the NHS and social care service.
Workforce challenges threaten the ability of the health and care system to function. It is estimated the NHS spends £3 billion a year on temporary staffing. Filling vacancies can be a significant drain on NHS organisations’ budgets, as they often use locum staff – either from their own pool of “bank” staff, or from agencies which can cost on average 20% more.
The Digital Pioneer programme has helped to implement secure video communication to connect paramedics with local specialist stroke consultants from their ambulance.
Eastern AHSN and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust have been trailing Medic Bleep, a communication tool, to improve service efficiency and reducing delays in sharing patient information between clinicians, staff and outpatient departments.
Smart-ER is a software-based tool designed to improve the performance of urgent and emergency care services in NHS Trusts. It allows patients attending Emergency Departments (ED) or minor injuries units to provide information while waiting to see a clinician.
Doc Abode is a multi-award-winning platform, enabling healthcare providers to match the availability, expertise and location of clinicians to the needs of NHS patients who require a home visit.
Locum’s Nest is a temporary staffing management platform to help address the NHS workforce challenge. It combines advanced mobile technology with personal service to connect doctors to locum work in healthcare organisations. This streamlines work efficiency and saves time, ensuring patient needs are met faster and by the appropriate professional.
Malinko’s Intelligent Service Management system has been co-designed and developed with community healthcare professionals to ‘free up time to care’ in NHS community services. It is a clinically safe and ‘intelligent’ scheduling system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and clinical algorithms to optimally manage the delivery of patient care services.
Safe Steps are a health technology SME focussed on preventing falls for our ageing population. They do so by providing software solutions to health and social care organisations to conduct falls risk assessments and put in place personalised care plans to reduce the risk of falls.