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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Preventing prescribing errors with PINCER
PINCER is a pharmacist-led Information technology intervention for the reduction of clinically important errors in medicines management.
High-sensitivity troponin tests for the early rule out of non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI)
The improved accuracy of the high sensitivity test compared to the standard troponin test allows testing of troponin concentration and type (T or I) at 1-hour and/or 3-hours post Emergency Department (ED) presentation. This innovation adoption in both technology and pathway will greatly improve patient care and efficiency at ED, enabling patients to be sent home secure in the knowledge that a heart attack has not occurred while keeping beds free in ED.
Cladribine for treating relapsing–remitting multiple sclerosis
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, one in every 500 people in the UK is living with MS, with about 130 people diagnosed every week on average. Cladribine offers an orally administered option for highly active relapsing-remitting MS, avoiding the need for infusions, and requires less frequent dosing and monitoring compared to other therapies.
Active+me is a solution developed by Aseptika which empowers patients to take charge of their own recovery, providing them with standard cardiac rehabilitation care which includes guidance on safe exercise and education on risk factors and lifestyle changes, reinforced by educational resources on the Active+me platform. In addition, patients are provided with medical monitors to take home and record progress such as activity levels, blood pressure, weight and oxygen saturation. The data from which are uploaded to an app and shared securely with the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation team. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Aseptika adapted the programme to help patients keep up their exercise remotely and manage their recovery thanks to funding from Innovate UK and support from Eastern AHSN. Active+me REMOTE
CamAPS FX is an artificial pancreas app which aims to help manage glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes, aged one year and older, using a hybrid closed-loop approach. The user has the option of easing off or boosting therapy as physiological demands require, such as during exercise. The app runs on a standard Android smartphone and feeds data to the cloud so that health care professionals and loved ones including parents can see their children’s levels at any time on their phones. Developed by CamDiab at the University of Cambridge trials have shown a significant increase in glucose time in range and improved quality of life, as well as a reduction in time spent in hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia. An Eastern AHSN commissioned health economic assessment also demonstrated a potential cost saving of £3.2m per year for healthcare in the UK. We are now supporting the roll out of this innovation across the NHS. Visit the CamDiab website now.
Self Cleaning Alcohol Gel Door Push Pads; Pull Handles, Kill Germs in SECONDS
Multiple Individuals can pass through a door only SECONDS apart. Surfaceskins Alcohol Gel Door Push Pads & Pull Handles are engineered by infection control experts to KILL germs in SECONDS & protect EVERY door user. Over 5 years of development & validation in NHS Laboratories, hospital & schools to help provide ultimate touch protection with two studies in the JOHI [Journal of Hospital Infection]. For more information please visit www.surfaceskins.com Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Covid Oximetry @home and virtual ward
The HIN has been commissioned to support a drive to equip members and partners to offer the Covid Oximetry @home model. This comes as treatment of Covid-19 improves and evidence has shown that earlier detection of (silent) hypoxia at home could help further reduce mortality and morbidity.
WorkPAL - digital performance empowerment tool
WorkPAL is our flagship digital performance empowerment platform. We use cloud technology to provide modern and secure tools for HR and OD professionals, NHS managers and executives to provide real-time data and reporting on workforce performance and productivity. We provide timely, consistent data and a robust audit trail about how staff are working to achieve organisational objectives, and who is working within the leadership narrative of values, behaviours, goals.
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