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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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.
Consortium including Oxford AHSN and POCKiT Diagnostics secures over £700,000 in grant funding to improve diagnosis of stroke within the NHS in England
Stroke affects 100,000 people in the UK each year . 33% of patients will die and 90% of survivors will have a disability for the rest of their lives.
PAD and PAWS: Peripheral Arterial Disease and Prevention, Assessment, Wound management, Self-care
This service improvement programme aims to enable primary care staff to improve lower limb vascular assessments in patients with leg ulcers to allow appropriate treatment to start earlier.
Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) for teenagers with Type 1 diabetes
Guy’s and St Thomas’ YES programme gives 14-19 year-olds in south London the support they need to live with Type 1 diabetes. Participants meet other young people with Type 1 diabetes, building confidence and developing a peer support network. Learn how the Health Innovation Network (HIN) supported the programme to scale up from one London borough to twelve.
Modernising Primary Care Telephony
In 2020, the Health Innovation Network worked with the South East London Integrated Care System to explore how modern telephony systems can impact primary care service delivery. This culminated in the creation of a telephony commissioning guide which can be downloaded below.