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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Aquarate Hydration Cup
Aquarate's Hydration cup is the first to provide accurate fluid data. The innovation digitally records hydration levels. No other product meets the problem around maintaining and monitoring fluids.
Mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders or panic attacks can now be self-recorded at the time of the event, in the context and sequence in which they occur in a non-verbal way using our new Grasp device. Grasp is the size of a small pebble, is soft and easily compressible, contains miniaturized sensors, time-recording circuits, secure memory, long-life rechargeable batteries and is low-power Bluetooth-enabled.Alerts can also automatically generate an intervention to provide context to the event. Event data is presented as a series of graphs which can show either a single event or trends over time.
Intelligent workforce solution and indoor location technology
Many have tried to change the way clinical teams work to be more efficient; but few have focused on optimising the supporting teams that provide the logistics which underpin the flow of patients throughout the hospital. Navenio has done just that. By looking at the teams working within a hospital, they have proven that knowing where people are, indoors in real-time, unlocks significant improvements in their workflow and efficiency. This improves patient flow and patient care.
MediShout: A Logistical Brain For Healthcare
MediShout uses digital and AI technology to provide a “logistical brain” to health and social care organisations. Currently, logistical issues (e.g. faulty equipment, no PPE, broken IT, estates and facilities issues) delay staff and prevent best care. MediShout solves this problem by integrating all logistical departments onto one App, where a single-interface lets staff instantly report any non-clinical issue. Staff can track the progress of their report whilst organisations get operational oversight of all issues. AI-algorithms allows organisations to predict future problems, like broken equipment.
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.