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Life QI is an online platform that was originally developed as part of the South West Patient Safety Collaborative, in partnership with the South West AHSN and SeeData Ltd, to assist frontline health and social care staff in running quality improvement (QI) projects.
Pando is a communications platform for healthcare professionals, created by NHS doctors which helps NHS workers exchange patient information, make clinical decisions, manage their workload, and making collaboration easy, fast and secure. Pando saves healthcare professionals more than 40 minutes per shift and improves satisfaction at work, while saving NHS Trusts £6.9m over a 5-year term.
GripAble are developing gamified mobile technologies for therapy and assessment. Common equipment used for hand and arm therapy, such as thera-putty or stress balls, have not been successfully digitised. The company’s first product, GripAble™, is a digital handgrip that wirelessly connects to a mobile app, allowing patients to play fun therapy games. It has been designed to be highly portable and patient-personalised.
The PD Safe is designed to identify potentially fatal infection in dialysis patients. This Microbiosensor device is aimed at patients with kidney failure who are being treated using peritoneal dialysis therapy (PD) and acts as an early warning system for peritoneal infection.
A Liverpool-based company has developed and spread two apps among a number of health and care providers, and is co-creating four more following support from the Innovation Agency, the AHSN for the North West Coast.
Spirit Digital’s CliniTouch Vie platform uses remote monitoring to help patients self-manage conditions and enable healthcare teams to proactively monitor patients safely at their home or usual place of residence, enabling prioritised focus on those who need support. The platform supports pathways and conditions including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure services, frailty patients and care home healthcare, and early discharge and post surgery services.
Cambridge Respiratory Innovations Ltd (CRiL)
CRiL has developed a hand-held device to measure the level of carbon dioxide in the breath. N-Tidal enables patients with chronic respiratory conditions, such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and asthma, to directly monitor their lung performance at home and take appropriate measures to avoid distressing exacerbations and potential hospitalisation.
Beringar has developed ground-breaking new technology that provides a comprehensive digital picture of how NHS buildings are being utilised. The system detects both human activity and equipment (location and movement). It also monitors eight different environmental factors to support better human-building interaction.
Oxford AHSN Strategyzer workshops helps companies shape their offering to be in-line with NHS needs
The Oxford AHSN Strategyzer half to one day workshops are run for companies that have a product or innovation and want to explore the viability of their concept for the NHS or want to move into the NHS market.
Diagnostic tests trialled in community hospital proved to ease winter pressure and increase efficiency
Wokingham Community Hospital purchased two different Point of Care (POC) diagnostic test devices for their elderly in-patient unit and wanted to evaluate the impact of attaining results more quickly and understand how it could help the nurses make effective decisions regarding treatment. The Oxford AHSN assisted by reporting the economic cost-consequence analysis of the two tests, determining what the cost benefit would be to the hospital by using Point of Care testing and extrapolate the benefits to the other community hospitals. QuickRead Go CRP is a rapid blood test for the quantitative determination of C-reactive protein that shows if there is inflammation or infection in the body. Alinity i-STAT is a portable blood testing machine with a cartridge for urea and electrolytes (U&E) that the nurses used to assess the kidney function of the patient. The tests enabled healthcare professionals to rapidly diagnose patients, and the greatest benefit came in knowing which patients did not need to be sent to the local Emergency Department (ED).
An aid to help medical staff to be able to read small print whilst wearing PPE, without the need for their usual reading glasses.
Developed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and launched in 2013, ChatHealth is a safe, secure and confidential messaging service that puts service users directly in touch with healthcare professionals. ChatHealth is now being used by over 70 healthcare teams in NHS organisations nationwide.