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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Hospital Portering Task Management Solution - Myporter
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Hospital's existing task tracking system for its Portering Department had begun to experience failures, and as an older system it no longer received full technical support. Jobs were mostly created by wards and departments and sent to porter pagers. There was no real time visibility on the location of porters, or activity and could start impacting on patient experience. Many wards were finding it impossible to use the system; reverting to manual management which resulted in delays to patient and item movements and its reporting system was difficult to use.
Remote Consultations in Mental Health – Learning from Evaluation
Covid-19 led to a rapid shift from face to face to remote consultations in mental health. What has this meant for service users and staff?
Qiagen/ APIS Assay Technologies partnership
Qiagen, a molecular diagnostics company, and spinoff company APIS Assay Technologies, the AHSN, academia and the NHS have created a long-term partnership that has brought investment and jobs to the Greater Manchester area. Access to new tests and targeted treatments developed through pioneering research will bring fast-tracked real health benefits to local residents, and ultimately people nationally and internationally.
Remote Temperature monitoring with IoT solutions for medicines and vaccines in Health Clinics, Pharmacies and Hospitals
Invisible systems wireless sensors can help healthcare staff to save clinical time in monitoring fridges, improve patient safety, deliver regulatory compliance, and reduce medicines waste, energy costs and carbon emissions.Here are the key benefits Invisible System’s Remote Temperature Monitoring has to offer medical professionals:· No more labour-intensive human checks· Key staff members can dedicate more time to patient care· Proactive alerts prevent loss of life-saving medication, vaccinations, and research· All temperature data and alerts can be easily accessed on your phone
Vanguard Medical Device Remanufacturing
Healthcare is a major contributor to the global climate crisis and waste production. There is significant recognition of this across all avenues of healthcare from commissioners to providers and including suppliers. The good news is that there is appetite to change this negative scenario with many people within the sector actively looking to change for the better.
Red Dot 365
Red Dot 365 provides everyday life support to employers and employees, brokering confidential support for four pillars of wellbeing: physical, mental, personal and professional. We provide:1,000s of mental health and wellbeing experts. Decision-making driven by data and insights. Measured mental health and wellbeing solutions for every Individual and organisation.
Oxford AHSN develops the business case for cobas® Liat® influenza test and wins Near Patient Testing award at the UK Diagnostics Summit
The cobas® Liat® System is a fast, easy-to-use, compact PCR system designed for on-demand testing in point-of-care settings such as clinics, pharmacies, and hospital and satellite laboratories. The Oxford AHSN assisted in the first UK based evaluation of the the cobas® Liat® Influenza A/B test, in the Emergency Department (ED) of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which provides secondary emergency care for most of Berkshire. The test is a PCR based test using either nasopharyngeal or throat swabs and requires minimal sample preparation. The evaluation aimed to see if the test reduced patient length of stay, reduced antibiotic use and increased the use of antivirals. The Oxford AHSN project managed the evaluation and provided active, hands-on support. The Oxford AHSN also enlisted York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) to provide impartial health economics, using the metrics collected during the evaluation and anonymised data. The health economic data was then used to inform the business case for the Trust procuring the tests going forward. Plans to roll out the test in community settings have been put on hold pending a product update to include a Covid-19 test.
Smart with your heart
Smart with your Heart aims to reduce readmissions in heart failure pathways by using digital technology. The aim was to reduce the 'revolving readmission door' for heart failure patients, by working in partnership with secondary and primary care settings and 3 digital providers.
Thousands more pregnant women benefit from test to rule out pre-eclampsia following national rollout led by AHSNs
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.
Quicker stroke care and reduced 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.
Immersive Rehab - Digital Therapeutics for Neurorehabilitation
Immersive Rehab provides a personalised, engaging and clinically validated digital therapeutics solution in virtual reality to tackle the current limitations of neurorehabilitation, in particular for people with significant upper limb mobility limitations as a result of stroke, multiple sclerosis, ALS and spinal injury. Research has shown that retraining the brain can lead to important gains in mobility. By combining physical rehab with cognitive challenges, itis possible to obtain important gains in mobility and function. We propose that Immersive Rehab's digital therapeutics neurorehabilitation solution can impact this significantly.
COPDPredict: A digital self-monitoring solution with AI-enabled exacerbation prediction capability for people living with COPD
For COPD patients who experience frequent and severe exacerbations, COPDPredict™ is the only digital health solution that can predict an impending exacerbation at least 7 days prior to onset, promptly and efficiently directing medical professionals and patients to adjust treatment and prevent hospitalisations. COPDPredict™ is superior to other remote tracking solutions as it is specifically designed to facilitate a model of care focussed on Prevention by uniquely combining remote monitoring and patient-personalised exacerbation prediction. Patients benefit from AI-enabled preventative care closer to home and enhanced quality of life; payors benefit from resource synergies and cost savings.