NHS England has revealed eight health innovations set to join year two of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, a scheme designed to help with the adoption of promising new treatments and technologies.
Each of the innovations are evidence-based and cost-saving and focus on providing solutions to key challenges facing the NHS, including better prevention of ill health, improved management of long term conditions and early intervention into diseases.
The SBRI Healthcare innovations selected to join the programme are :
Half of all GP appointments and 70% of hospital bed days are used by patients living with Long Term Conditions – of which there are 15 million in England. Docobo’s innovation, ArtemusICS, is a data driven population health intelligence platform, which supports community teams to identify and keep patients out of hospital, stopping preventable A&E admissions and in-patient stays through earlier detection and intervention.
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DrDoctor is an online and text based service that allows patients to confirm, cancel, and change bookings digitally. For hospitals, this means they can maximise and manage patient volume to best fit their capacity. The technology can target long waiting lists and automatically book patients into empty slots in clinics. In addition, it provides digital assessments before and after appointments, saving time for both patients and caregivers.
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The announcement has been welcomed by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, he said: “Necessity is the mother of invention, and health care worldwide is now fizzing with smart innovation. In the NHS , we’re now taking practical action to develop and fast track these new techniques into mainstream patient care.”
The NHS Innovation Accelerator is led by NHS England and delivered in partnership with the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks, including UCLPartners who facilitate and supports health innovators with getting their innovation rolled out across the NHS.
The accelerator aims to meet the commitment set out the Five Year Forward View to create the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS.
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s National Medical Director, who founded the programme said: “With rising demand and escalating costs, innovation is not an option but a necessity if we are to build a sustainable NHS. The innovations selected for this programme have the potential to deliver better value for the taxpayer whilst making patient interactions with the NHS safer and more personal.”
Digital Health Expert Professor Robert Wachter commended the initiative, he said: “The work you are doing is extraordinarily important. I think it’s the only way that the NHS will be able to achieve the goals of the Five Year Forward View and even beyond that to develop a health care system for the people of England and the UK that delivers the best, highest quality, safest, most satisfying, accessible care for the lowest possible cost.”
Dr Liz Mear, Chair of the AHSN Network, said: “The AHSN Network will be bringing together the expertise of industry and partnering this with NHS organisations across England to ensure that patients across the country benefit from these new ideas and cutting-edge technologies. We look forward to supporting the NIA Fellows in the months ahead.”
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu, Co-Founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator and NHS England’s Innovation Adviser, said: “Innovation is key to a viable NHS. Following a record-breaking year that benefited millions of patients, the NHS Accelerator is now backing 8 ground-breaking innovations, with technologies that can slash mortality rates and save the NHS millions.”