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Oxford AHSN support helps digital innovators develop and roll out automated surgery follow-up call
Ufonia is an innovative digital health company based in Oxford comprising a team of clinical, software and artificial intelligence experts. It was founded by a neurosurgeon with experience leading NHS digital programmes and is applying AI technologies to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare.
Pathpoint SurgiCare - Digital Elective Surgical Care Pathways
Pathpoint Surgicare is an interoperable cloud-based platform serving the full perioperative care pathway to tackle any waiting list backlog. Linking multidisciplinary caregivers, it is a central digital hub for remote pre-assessment and postoperative monitoring. Custom-designed workflows deliver all the assessment tools of the required surgical referral standards, as well as clinical triage, admission management, patient-reported and functional outcome measures, relevant national audit submission, clinical governance, and live data reporting.
Optilume drug coated balloon for the treatment of urethral stricture
The Optilume Drug Coated Balloon (DCB) procedure is an innovative treatment for urethral stricture in adult males >18 years old. It is novel compared to existing endoscopic standard of care as it incorporates urethral dilation, to widen the strictured area, with an anti-proliferative drug (Paclitaxel) which is delivered circumferentially along the strictured inner urethral wall to prevent the fibrotic tissue response associated with stricture recurrence. The procedure itself follows established practices for urethral stricture with the ability to be performed via direct endoscopic visualization under local anaesthesia in an outpatient setting.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Aparito is a med-tech company specialising in capturing patient generated data and digital endpoints remotely, with a specific expertise in decentralised/ hybrid studies. As a leading provider of mHealth and remote patient monitoring technology with specialist regulatory and clinical expertise, with our technology it is possible to capture Real-World Patient Data through a variety of sources. These include eQuestionnaires, videos, voice, pictures and wearable device integration.
Oxford Heartbeat’s medical device software PreSize® Neurovascular helps clinicians make surgical decisions with greater accuracy and confidence. Use of PreSize® is aimed at significantly reducing risks associated with stenting procedures, as clinicians are able to virtually test and compare the behaviour of stents in a patient’s cerebral blood vessels before surgery, selecting the best one for each patient.
Nu Vision eye treatments offer an alternative to eye surgery by using preserved amniotic membrane (membrane from placentas) to treat damaged corneas and promote healing. The products are unique, as the material is preserved making it easy to store and accessible to hospitals. The company is in the process of expanding into using their product to facilitate the treatment of chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers.
Usually, training in laparoscopic surgery is based on using high cost surgical simulation devices which are hard for medical staff to access, limiting opportunities for learning. Inovus Medical is producing a suite of medical training devices at a fraction of the cost of established models – leading to an increase in training opportunities and safer surgery.