Digital health innovations
We are actively seeking proven digital innovations that improve the health of people in the region and raise the quality, efficiency, safety and cost-effectiveness of delivering healthcare.
We are particularly interested to hear about innovations in the following categories:
  • Health maintenance - supporting people in maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing,
  • Prevention - alerting patients, carers or professionals when there are signs that things aren’t going well, and an intervention can prevent crises or emergencies
  • Access - providing more convenient and cost-effective ways for patients and professionals to interact. (e.g. remote monitoring or virtual consultations).
  • Learning and education - delivering information and knowledge to patients about their health or condition, or to professionals to support their continuous professional development
  • Pathways - providing tailored information to patients, carers and professionals on services to signpost people to the most appropriate place.  Ideally, this could be enhanced with real-time information about capacity.
  • Research - using digital tools to promote involvement in research & clinical trials, to streamline the capture of informed consent, and to capture research data more efficiently and conveniently.
  • Integration - tools that enable the secure, appropriate sharing of information between organisations (e.g. GPs and hospital clinicians) and sectors (e.g. NHS and Social Services) to allow patients to receive seamless care.
  • Data Visualisation - innovative ways of presenting information in a meaningful way to enable more informed decisions by patients and professionals.  This may involve aggregating data from different sources, reporting tools or graphic visualisations such as heat maps.

Ideas (Publish, Detailed Submission)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The On Call Room is a social network for medical professional providing a platform to connect the best  medical/healthcare minds from around the world so they can share, learn and collaborate; progressing medicine.
Overview of Innovation:
The On Call Room is the free social network for healthcare professionals. Readily available on Google Play and the App Store, The On Call Room has registered users from 11 different countries around the world. With users using the platform to educate, inform and collaborate with one another, The On Call Room is a growing global community of healthcare professionals. From doctors - nurses, medical students - “Pre-reg” pharmacists, anaesthesiologists - geriatricians The On Call Room is a place to bring all these specialists together.
Being ISO27001 and HIPAA compliant, The On Call Room provides a safe, secure environment outside of commercial networks such as Facebook and Linkedin in which medical professionals can collaborate. Designed by medical professionals for medical professionals, The On Call Room has tools in place to facilitate the privacy and confidentiality of both medical professionals and patients, without stifling the progression of research or medical education.
The On Call Room is here to facilitate the already growing use of digital tool in healthcare, providing a reduced risk environment where healthcare professionals can share medical learning and innovations with other professionals not just in the user’s locality but also the world.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
The On Call Room is a mobile application free at the point of use; with no implementation fees or sign up fees to any healthcare organisation.
The benefits The On Call Room has for the NHS is in the value of knowledge transfer. With the shortage of medical professionals in the UK* and many experienced staff soon retiring, we must ensure our current practising and the new up and coming healthcare practitioners are provided with every opportunity and resource to learn from the best medical minds from around the world and The On Call Room is a means of facilitating this.
Building on an already rigorous rigmarole of training required to be a healthcare professional, The On Call Room is a place to make knowledge relevant and plug any knowledge gaps an individual may have as our active community aids and assists each other to create an open repository of collaborative knowledge.
As we continue to grow our community both nationally and internationally The On Call Room will be a vibrant environment where a proven transformative practice can be shared and adopted at scale. An example of this is The Royal Free Hospital’s, Dr Sam Hare’s Heimlich valve management of iatrogenic pneumothorax, which has been shared on our platform and viewed by our  users around the world, sharing a new method to reduce hospital stay in patients after lung biopsies.
Being a digital innovation The On Call Room removes physical knowledge boundaries, such as locality and provides all thoses who sign up access to see the best innovations our community has to offer, providing them with a platform in which they can embetter themselves as professionals if they so choose.
*UK Government Shortage Occupation list, pages: 6, 7 and 13. See supplement documents
Initial Review Rating
1.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
With three medical schools in the West Midlands region, The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick and Keele University, and a renown teaching hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, The On Call Room could be a prime educational resource to connect all those in training to the wider medical world, providing them with even more exposure in addition to their placement years.
For the wider population of the West Midlands, The On Call Room is here to facilitate the embetterment of healthcare professionals and the more they know the more adept they can be in their jobs, benefitting the wider community as a whole.
Current and planned activity: 
Internationally the team is currently onboarding healthcare professionals from India and all the healthare professionals from the country of Nepal.
In the UK we are in communication with Addenbrooke’s, a Cambridge University Hospital to onboard them to The On Call Room and other applications.
After engaging Milton Keynes University Hospital, London South Bank University and The University of Buckingham Medical School in our beta and now onboarding various Medical Societies across the country such as King’s College London MedTech Society our plan is to engage with as many healthcare professionals as we can across the country.
Support Requirements:
Helping ensure we are NHS Information Governance compliant to add to our ISO27001 and HIPAA compliance certifications.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Medic Creations, The On Call Room's parent company are the sole owners of the On Call Room's intellectual property.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Akil Benjamin 09/06/2016 - 19:10 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

Using simple technology, we enable care homes to coordinate the monitoring of vital signs, weight and hydration acting as an early warning system with direct integration into GP systems.

Overview of Innovation:

Inhealthcare have developed a Digital Care Home service, which coordinates the monitoring of vital signs, weight and hydration. It acts as an early warning system, highlighting changes in health which may otherwise go undetected. Their service includes a digital patient record which integrates directly with GP systems, meaning that it can be accessed by local NHS teams.

Our digital health services are in place in over 80 care homes in the UK, helping care home managers and nurses carry out frequent checks on residents.

Find out how it works on our website http://www.inhealthcare.co.uk/digital-health-solutions/care-homes/.

You can also read a blog from Georgia Nelson about a pilot of our Digital Care Home in 14 care homes in Northern Irealand http://www.inhealthcare.co.uk/telehealth-undernutrition-service-care-homes-northern-ireland/.

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  1. Reduces non-elective admissions through detecting deteriorating health early on
  2. Improves co-ordination between the NHS and the care home through better sharing of information with GP system integration
  3. Supports early hospital discharge by giving clinicians more confidence that needs will be met in the care home
  4. Improves the visibility of residents’ health, meaning community nurses can better monitor patients without the need for travel
  5. Improves compliance around care
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:

1. Enhanced monitoring of residents, enabling early detection of health deterioration enabling timely intervention.

Current and planned activity: 

Our digital health services are in place in over 80 care homes in the UK, helping care home managers and nurses carry out frequent checks on residents.
 

Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Lauren Ramsey 24/05/2016 - 14:41 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

UD is a unified communication platform, available across all key device types, built for efficient collaboration by health professionals. Features: powerful Group and Individual messaging, calendaring, mail, voice & audio calling and secure storage

Overview of Innovation:

See www.uniquedoc.com

Key features:

  • Confidential text chat
  • Audio - call up to 5 separate participants
  • Video calls over Wi-Fi or suitable wireless connections (reducing call costs)
  • InMail
  • Upload, Share and view images and files from encrypted Secure Storage
  • Create local specialist groups with healthcare professionals, agencies, patients or suppliers
  • Schedule events for individuals or groups
  • Email alerts updating you on new messages and events
  • Powerful Search function across all communication types

 
UNIQUEDOC is an intuitive, visually engaging unified communications platform. Borrowing familiar stylings from social media, it’s ease of use encourages focus on improving care and effective workplace collaboration, while reducing training requirements.
Confidential Chat and InMail Messaging combine with Audio and Video Calling options for effective communication while users can Store, Share and Access Files securely. As well as messaging, users can create unlimited and specialist groups, schedule Calendar Events with individuals or groups. There are Automated Message and Event alerts to keep your work on track while your corporate communications will benefit from secure broadcasted News updates to all users.
UNIQUEDOC means easy access to your communications, with ubiquitous availability; all major web browsers are supported as well as applications being available for iOS App (iOS8 and up) and Android (4.4 and up) through their app stores. UNIQUEDOC enables secure employee device usage (BYOD) in the work place.
UNIQUEDOC comes with a range of Secure Storage capacities, and a large 1GB file upload size. File Sharing is simplified and is not via local devices for improved security, while the interface features an auditable file sharing trail. The unique UNIQUEDOC Secure Vault gives you exclusive control of the most important documents.
UNIQUEDOC ends the frustration and inefficiency of multiple messaging softwares. Search all your files, communications and storage from a single, powerful engine.
UNIQUEDOC can support you with online help, tips and tutorials as well as 365/24 SLA and in-house Technical Support. We use a clustered, scalable, resilient architecture to ensure your data and communications are perfectly secure. UNIQUEDOC is fully Data Protection Act Compliant.
We have a simple business model, with a low, fixed cost implementation per user. You can also have unlimited free accounts for partners/patients.

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

Specific benefits would depend very much on the installation; the UNIQUEDOC Platform is very flexible in its deployment. In general:

  1. Low barriers to use means very low training requirements; we use familiar social media styles
  2. Fast collabortaion across teams and departments; UNIQUEDOC is great for when different departments (or even different services) that have incompatible existing systems need to work together
  3. Effective collaboration produces patient centric care
  4. Users can share documents, images and video securely with a large upload size, making video consultations a real possibility
  5. A single searchable app that can replace Skype, Dropbox, Windows Messenger etc reduces lost documents, increases security, reduces instances of communication app mis-match between staff
  6. Available across major browsers, Android and iOS (mobile and tablet), enables staff to use their own familiar, existing Smart device; reducing training time, device overheads etc
  7. VOIP calls and internet video calling reduce telephone calls costs between departments
  8. Reduced cloud storage costs through centralisation
  9. Excellent for public communication; free accounts (with access restrictions) can be used by patients
  10. Video Ad feature enables public awareness of key health issues
  11. UNIQUEDOC can be implemented without integration into other systems
  12. UNIQUEDOC can be deployed flexibly; on NHS servers, cloud services, UD servers dpending on requirements
Initial Review Rating
3.60 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:

Key areas outlined in the Five Year Forward View that UNIQUEDOC can address are as follows:

  • Partnerships with local communities, local authorities, and employers
  • Employee Health
  • Patient control of health; carer support
  • Reduce barriers and increase co-operation between family Doctors, hospitals, health and social care
  • MCPs are multi discipline and will need to work together
Current and planned activity: 

We are engaging with NHS England (Tracey Grainger and team) and pursuing CCGs to undertake working trials. There is trial activity underway now with NHS Scotland/West Lothian. Meanwhile we are engaging with other digital companies already working with the NHS to expand our offering via strategic partnerships. UNIQUEDOC excells in scenarios where multiple departments need to work together so we are pursuing areas such as Health and Social Justice as well as Health and Social Care. We are reaching out to the Patient & Information Directorate through the four regional Heads of Digital Technology

What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:

UNIQUEDOC is entirely privately owned and funded by a consortium of investors. IP Rights registration underway.
 

Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Warren Carley 18/02/2016 - 22:31 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Achiever Medical LIMS helps research institutions to improve lab efficiency, facilitates return on investment into sample collections & demonstrates compliance to legislation. Inbuilt security protects patient identifiable data with controlled access
Overview of Innovation:
With increasingly stringent regulations and greater emphasis on profitability placed on laboratories, Achiever Medical LIMS was designed in conjunction with leading scientists & clinicians to provide an easy-to-use sample management system incorporating sample tracking, clinical data management, workload & communication management. The system addresses the gap left by traditional LIMS systems by providing enhanced donor and research profile data.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS is a process driven & web browser-based laboratory & clinical data management system that is flexible/scalable to evolve as needs develop. Using Open Standards to streamline the sharing of information across existing applications Achiever Medical LIMS allows data to be imported from, e.g. Patient Information & Storage Environment Management Systems, Lab equipment, Emails & Calendars for an holistic overview of samples, equipment, environment & workload.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS enables the mapping of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure staff adhere to agreed standards, ensuring regulatory compliance & promoting quality, efficiency & consistency. Achiever Medical LIMS can assist in compliance with the Human Tissue Act, Good Laboratory Practice & CFR 21 Part 11.
 
Sample tracking functionality delivers complete traceability with automatic generation of unique reference numbers for each sample. Core sample details e.g. location/sample type are tracked as values change for a complete audit history. Sample profile information is captured including sample & tissue type, tissue collection details and associated patient & project information. Barcode labels can be generated for single/multiple samples & customised information can be contained within each label. These labels can be scanned to facilitate rapid sample retrieval.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS integrates data and processes across multiple faculties/diverse into a single solution. This enables authorised users to gain an holistic oversight, having full access to complete donor/patient records. Robust security filters and flexible tools within the LIMS allow the creation of custom levels of user security access to samples, donors or project information. This flexibility is especially useful for biobank or bio-repository management or when conducting multiple studies/clinical trials/projects with multiple collaborators. These tools support collaborative working and simplify a task that can otherwise be legislatively difficult and time-consuming.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Achiever’s LIMS ability to quickly and efficiently organise samples for tracking, storage and retrieval, enables the full economic and scientific value of existing samples to be effectively realised and more efficient processing of sample requests and tests.
 
Achiever Medical LIMS enables sample aliquots to be easily generated from the parent record for complete traceability with a sample ‘family history’ view available, from both the parent & child records, allowing rapid navigation between samples within the same family.
 
Tools to enable the detailed tracking & monitoring of a sample via comprehensive sample location & check in/out auditing are provided. These include recording each time the sample is removed from its location, who checked it out and for what purpose. Samples that have been ‘checked out’ are easily identifiable and can be quickly ‘checked in’ when required along with their full audit trail information.
 
Samples used and associated stock depletion during testing or analyses are automatically flagged with Achiever Medical LIMS.
 
Composite samples such as Tissue Microarrays can be easily created within Achiever Medical LIMS, with each individual sample’s position within the composite sample recorded, any requests for removal can be easily and effectively managed.
 
External sample requests received by biobanks & bio-repositories can be managed through Achiever Medical LIMS using its built in management protocols. This facility provides staff with complete chain of custody details for each sample ((the person who requested the sample, reason for request, who approved the request & expected return date (if required) are captured)). Rejected requests are appropriately managed with reasons for rejection being recorded. Where only part of the sample is required, aliquots can be generated for the required amount along with accompanying complete family history record. Dashboards highlight samples due for return, allowing staff to monitor/chase up samples where required.
 
Achiever’s complete sample auditing & sample tracking functionality records changes by staff to core sample information. Audit trail information includes details of specific information fields changed, values pre & post change, date, time and name of the user who made the change etc. Chain of Custody details, including who checked in the sample, to whom it is checked out (where relevant), storage location, details of processing and projects included in are also captured.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands population has access to the most extensive range of specialist tests from a range of stakeholders, showcasing the potential of laboratory contributions to raise the profile of the research, clinical and diagnostic expertise of the region’s NHS laboratory staff.
 
For laboratories, biobanks and bio-repositories sample tracking & donor management capabilities are of huge importance in donor profiling, consent management, traceability, chain of custody & regulatory compliance.
 
The integration of a potentially region-wide system to manage tissue tracking across multiple teams, hospitals and sites can avoid duplication of data entry and maximise data quality while working within the IT and legislative constraints imposed by disparate working environments of the users.
 
Having sought approval for sample collection, samples need to be treated in line with SOPs and available for use in research both internally and with permitted collaborators.  Utilisation of samples is important to maximise the potential benefit from the donor and to make best use of the resources available to clinicians and researchers.  Cost recovery models allow for income generation to promote the sustainability of the biobank.
 
Improving the value of data quality enables laboratory staff and researchers to search for tissue samples from specific cohorts of donors, filtering by level of consent given by donors, allowing them to search for tissues that have not opted out of specific elements of research. This level of capability will allow biobanks and bio-repositories to service very specialist research requests, increasing value.
 
The quality of the donor, consent, storage and tissue viability data greatly increases the value of the tissues to laboratory staff and researchers. Once cleansed, Achiever Medical LIMS’s storage management capabilities help to increase levels of utilisation, reducing overhead costs per sample.
 
The ‘Achiever Medical Researcher Portal’ allows authorised collaborators to view restricted data for relevant samples.  This external view portal promotes the management of sample requests all within a single system, giving an easy means of sharing samples and the relevant data.  Automatic alerts ensure applications are managed efficiently.
 
In addition, reports and analysis providing real-time data, can be run at the touch of a button instead of valuable laboratory personnel spending days (sometimes weeks) painstakingly collating information from various spreadsheets.
Current and planned activity: 
We are a West Midlands based company wishing to work with our regional health providers.  
 
Our current users include Leeds (LTHT), Nottingham (NUH) and Cambridge (CUH) Trusts all of whom use the system to manage their research samples, donor data and to support HTA Audits.
 
Both NUH and CUH use Achiever Medical as part of their involvement with GEL.
 
Achiever Medical is being used to pioneer the data standards being promoted by UKCRC.
 
We would like to work with WMAHSN who are leading the collaboration of The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), a partnership of 18 NHS Acute Trusts across the region, working collaboratively to help to deliver the UK 100,000 Genomes Project.   
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss any requirements for sample management and donor management, projects and disease specific systems for either single organisations or multi-institutional requirements.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All IP is owned by Interactive Software Limited.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Sandie Shokar 01/08/2017 - 09:19 Publish 2 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
SMC provides an innovative, integrated, digital platform solution that deliver better patient outcomes, greater self-management and delivers healthcare more efficiently. The system is highly configurable and customisable and deployable at scale.
Overview of Innovation:
SPS have created an open, future proofed digital platform that harnesses and integrates a range of mobile, communication and wearable technologies to pre-emptively and pro-actively support improved patient outcomes while enabling more efficient healthcare service delivery across primary, secondary and social care environments.
Our mobile health (mHealth), telemedicine and telecoaching solutions use familiar mobile and ‘cloud’ based technology. It has been proven to  support service redesign and deliver more efficient, patient centric healthcare that’s cost effective, simple to use and easy to implement at scale.
Our ‘open’ architecture and web based platform enables more holistic Long Term Condition management services by leveraging a range of technologies across mobile, tablet, text, video and voice to deliver a highly flexible solution for healthcare professionals and patients. Mobile health (mHealth) enhances patient outcomes by enabling clinicians to pro-actively and pre-emptively monitor patients remotely while also enabling the individual to better understand and manage their condition that results in improved patient outcomes, reduced visits to hospital and local GP’s Surgeries.
Our SMCTM solution can be customised to meet any Long Term Condition (LTC), co-morbidity or medical condition that an individual may suffer from. It can support one or multiple LTCs, as well as any other health or mental health condition where a question or vital sign measurement can be of benefit. To date core commissioning has been focused on supporting people who suffer from Heart Failure, Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma and Diabetes, but we have also developed profiles to support Urinary Tract Infection, Falls Prevention, Dementia and Depression management, Cystic Fibrosis, Obesity and end of Life.
The SMCTM solution is deployed across multiple CCG’s and provider in the UK with over 10,000 patients benefiting from the system over the past 5 years. We have supported different operational and clinical pathways, including effective system deployment into patient homes and Care Home environments that can then enable pro-active and pre-emptive alerts to be raised with a Clinical care team.  Our technology and services have also been selected by a wide range of organisations including BT Health, Alere, Welch Allyn, MSD Commercial, Healthcare @Home to support new and existing service models in the field of telehealth.
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Key deliverables achieved with SMCTM solution:
  • Facilitate early patient discharge and reduce bed days: Harrow CCG, 2014: achieved a 50% reduction in unplanned admissions and 63% bed day reduction to deliver an ROI of 159% and net savings of £3,444 per COPD and cardiac patients.
  • Improve prevention and early intervention:  Derbyshire Community Hospital, 2014: achieved a 68% reduction in unplanned admissions; 415 bed day reduction across 187 patients in a 6 month period with a net saving of c£100,000.
  • Improve service value and efficiency of service provider: Bristol CCG, 2013: within just 30days of the telehealth service starting the number of contacts reduced by 26% with an 18% reduction in face to face time and 40% reduction in telephone contacts
  • Sustain independent living and improve patient outcomes: Birmingham Community Health, 2014: Surveyed 312 patients with 86% of patients stating system helped them manage their condition; 84% more involved in their care; 90% happy to reduce the number of routine hospital visits.
     
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
SMC offers multiple benefits for patients:
  • Personalised care modules: supports an individual's care needs using the most relevant questionnaires, vital signs and content.
  • Embedded educational content: on demand video aids training, behaviour change, understanding and the confidence for patients to self-manage their condition.
  • Sustains independent living: the use of relevant, integrated and familiar technology empowers patients to better understand and manage their conditions at home.
  • Easy to use and "out of the box": use fo familiar smartphones and tablets with wireless peripherals; audio and multi-lingual options.
  • Remote access and support software: touchscreeen enabled device support over the phone.
  • Video tele-consultation: remote "face to face" clinical consultation to aid better clinical intervention.
  • Text messaging: enable cost effective self-care.
  • Better patient outcomes: improves quality of life, reduces anxiety and increases confidence.
Current and planned activity: 
The SMC solution is deployed across multiple CCG’s and provider in the UK with over 10,000 patients benefiting from the system over the past 5 years. We have supported different operational and clinical pathways, including effective system deployment into patient homes and Care Home environments that can then enable pro-active and pre-emptive alerts to be raised with a Clinical care team.   Our technology and services have also been selected by a wide range of organisations including BT Health, Alere, Welch Allyn, MSD Commercial, Healthcare @Home to support new and existing service models in the field of telehealth.
We have long standing partnerships with Somerset CCG, Cornwall Foundation Trust Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, and Dudley CCG and have been awarded innovator partnership on two Test Beds, one in Surrey and one in Manchester (with MSD Commercial.)

We support other conditions and pathways: Cystic Fibrosis, Falls and UTI, Spina Bifida children, LTC6 and E5QD quality of life.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Elisabeth Barbosa 12/01/2017 - 17:57 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Currently, a GP refers Obstructive Sleep Apnoea patients to an NHS Specialised Sleep Centre. Averaging 24 wks & 3-5 hospital visits before the Patient starts treatment.
Now, a GP with SOMNOtouch can receive results in 48-72Hours (3days vs. 6Mths)
Overview of Innovation:
Currently
The vast majority of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) are referred by their GP to a Specialised Sleep Centre at an NHS Hospital with a Average waiting time 12 Weeks


Patients are initially seen by a Consultant or a Sleep Physiologist who would prescribe a Diagnostic Study to be performed either in hospital or at the patient’s home. Average waiting time 12 Weeks
The patient returns to have the sleep study done or to collect the monitor and then returns the device the next day. After a further waiting time of upto 6 Weeks the patient visits the hospital again to obtain the results of the sleep study and if Positive, to discuss treatment.
A letter is sent to the GP informing them of the results and if agreed, a prescription is issued by the GP for the recommended therapy this may also take an average of 6 Weeks to arrive.
 This is prior to any treatment being administered such as a CPAP where if used they attend annually to check on compliance and progress.
 
This 6 month process is dramatically reduced by the S-Med Service to just a few days before an intervention can be delivered.


Now
The GP fits SOMNOtouch, a Combined OSA/Hypertension Monitoring Device to the patient, after 24 hours they return to the GP practice where the device is removed and the GP uploads the data from the device to a secure NHS Digital Cloud Server.
SOMNOtouch NIBP - Five devices in One
Video link: http://www.s-med.co.uk/Products#nav-product-86
 
S-Med Ltd’s Qualified and Registered Physiologists interprets the study and provides a recommendation for further treatment or investigation within 24 to 48 hours to the GP surgery. (All analysis and interpretations are supervised by a senior Consultant).
 
The report is sent to the GP who would then provide a prescription for the relevant therapy to be provided.
 
Thus within 48 to 72 hours a patient can be treated or directed for additional investigations or treatment before their condition deteriorates.

 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Faster response times and time to providing treatment from an average time from referral to treatment of 6 months (24 weeks) down to 4 to 5 days (1 week). With the added benefit if there are more critical underlying conditions then these may be picked up and dealt with quickly
 
Reduction in costs of patients being referred to NHS sleep centres thus less calls and pressure on such specialist clinics e.g.:
 
Reimbursement Tariffs for OSA and Hypertension
Current reimbursement guidelines from the Department of Health are:
  • For Ambulatory Sleep Diagnostic Study: £391.00
  • For 24-Hour NIBP Study: £268.00 (UCL NHS Foundation Trust, there is no NHS tariff)
  • For 24-Hour ECG Study: Recording - £268.00 plus Analysis £215.00 (UCL NHS Foundation Trust, there is no NHS tariff)
 
Cost Savings Calculation
Assuming the following:
  1. Adult Population of the England is Approx. 45 million
  2. BLF figure show approx. 10% of population suffers from OSA = 4.5 million
  3. DH figures show that approx. 30% of adult population has Hypertension = 13.5 million
  4. Public Health England shows that 1.3 million people have Atrial Fibrillation
 
The cost of referring 1% of the above population to hospital annually, will cost approximately:
  1. OSA – 45,000 £32 million per year.
  2. Hypertension – 135,000 £79 million per year
  3. AF – 13,000 £10.5 million per year
 
Total cost of £121.5 million
Cost of S-Med Service - £38.6 million
Savings to NHS = £83 million per year.
 
Aside from OSA, this equipment can be used for chronic heart conditions studies as well as more longitudinal studies adding a wealth of data for clinicians to inform them of patient’s conditions at work, rest and play without the equipment being intrusive and disturbing as current cuff based systems thereby removing the abnormal results they can provide. Thus, this equipment may also be of benefit to clinical trial units or during treatment to monitor the physiological effects experienced by patients undergoing a drug or other clinical interventions. 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
In addition to patients getting a faster diagnosis, it will reduce the burdens on NHS Trusts not only from the reduction on 1st line referrals to hospitals, but from patients conditions deteriorating, or suffering economic or social problems waiting 6 months for a diagnosis and treatment to be considered.

North West Innovation Agency (AHSN) will be conducting a pilot which will monitor 75 patients via a number of GP’s Practices. Results should be available by the End of February 2018.
As a West Midlands based company we would welcome an opportunity to work with NHS Trusts and CCG’s within the region to help us grow this service within the UK for the NHS and to increase our team to service and facilitate such requirements.  
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS engagement
  • Embarking on a NIA application with North West Innovation Agency
  • Submitted an application into the ITP based on experience and adoption within the NWIA area.
  • Considering a NIHR project following a meeting at AHSN meeting - Speaking with West Midlands NIHR/CRN
Requested NHS engagement
  • Procurement / Adoption of: -  Would welcome assistance to gain greater Adoption by Trusts and CCGs within the West Midlands
     
  • Evaluation / Validation / Clinical Trial – Interested in trials for use of our ambulatory equipment (SOMNOtouch) within new clinical areas to show its versatility and extend its clinical use to provide validated evidence within in these new areas.
     
  • Project Assistance S-Med is interested in locating potential clinical / academic collaborators to engage in their current work and to explore other clinical applications of their technology.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Device IP held by SOMNOmedics Germany. Clinical diagnostic and reporting service is owned by S-Med Ltd.
Reg. CE0494
We have obtained IGSoC Level 2 (ODS Code: 8JP12)
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Do you wan to improve outcomes and gather PROMs in MSK or Pain Management:

Improving Outcome and Making Saving of 15 % admitted care costs
Digital Assessments for PROMS
Self Assessment / Management of Chonic Pain.
​12 Tools for Self Management
CBT
Overview of Innovation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_qVLCmv4JM

​PainSense ( www.pain-sense.co.uk) is two digital apps, designed to give more support for self-management for people living with persistent pain. The resources include an app version of the "Pain Toolkit" developed by Dr Frances Cole and Pete Moore, and an app version of the "Pain Management Plan" developed by Dr Cole and Professor Bob Lewin, as well as a set of app-based needs assessment and patient-reported outcome tools, and eLearning resources for clinicians. The apps can be integrated into clinical systems such as SystmOne and EMIS or accessed on a secure portal.
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Health Economics – Leeds ( July 2016 )
•Increase in the number of patients entering the pathway in the 11months for which we have comparable data – exact numbers to be confirmed.
•Annualised saving in total cost of pathway of c£280,000 representing a 9% reduction in total pathway spend of £2.9million
•Switch from 58% of 1st OPs being seen in acute trusts, to 29%, representing substantial transfer of care to community sector. This trend is expected to continue still further
•Reduction in hospital in patient and day case procedures of 6% with an associated cost reduction of 15%, indicating fewer and lower complexity medical pain interventions
•Substantial improvement in patient reported outcomes. Sample patient reported data from 216 discharged patients from our key community provider has demonstrated an average 27.5% reduction in the level and extent of their pain (using DOLO scoring) and a 34% improvement in their confidence and ability to cope with their pain (Using PSEQ). On their Friends and Family test outcomes, of 119 patients 66% responded that they would be extremely likely, and a further 29% likely to recommend the service to their friends and family - an overall positive response of 95%.
We have previous figures re Opioid reduction in pilot sites.
Initial Review Rating
3.20 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Improving Self Care - Self Managment Skills
Improving Health Function - Data form FrCole.


 
Current and planned activity: 
We are keen to roll out the PainSense Service across the UK, we have already engaged with several CCG but are keen to work with other from as early as pre tender and or service redesign stage.

SWBH is already using PainSense in the West Midlands and we are keen for more sites so please do get in touch.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP is with ADI, PainToolKit and PMP, registered.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Keli Shipley 11/05/2016 - 19:21 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The Sound Doctor has over 250 high quality short educational films. Evaluations show they work by changing behaviours and improving outcomes to help people get the best out of life with long term conditions. 
Overview of Innovation:
The Sound Doctor is the leading provider of film and audio content for patients in the UK. Our content is thought to be unmatched in quality, range and production values and evaluations show it works by changing behaviours.and improving outcomes to help people get the best out of life with long term conditions.
 
Our films are endorsed by leading charities and adhere to NICE guidelines.
Conditions covered are COPD, Diabetes, back pain, dementia and weight management surgery.  A large series on heart conditions including cholesterol and hypertension, will be made shortly. 
There are over 250 films in our library so far and it is constantly growing.
We also create animations. We have a range of health and wellness short animations which are now being used in pharmacies and GP surgeries around the country. 
In addition, the team also devised and produce Health Today, a national radio programme for NHS England – nhs.uk/healthtodayradio
 
We have evidence that patients with diabetes, for example, have changed their attitudes towards diet and exercise as a result of watching our films. People with COPD are more confident about dealing with exacerbations at home. We also know that across all conditions they are considered a valuable part of people’s health care and improve patient experience.
 
The aims of The Sound Doctor, and there is evidence of this as well, are:
 
1. To reduce the number of avoidable admissions (and readmissions) to hospital
2. To reduce the need for face to face contact with consultants, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists and others (and to improve the quality of meetings which do take place)
3. To address the issue of co-morbidities by creating a multi-condition library
4. To improve medicines management and compliance with medications
5. To improve the quality of care for patients (and patient experience of their care)
6. To help people get the most out of life through effective self-management
   
About us:
The Sound Doctor was founded by Dominic Arkwright and Rosie Runciman and is a registered social enterprise.
Dominic worked as a reporter at the BBC for more than 20 years, mostly on Radio 4 's Today Programme as well as Newsnight and PM. He also presented discussion programme 'Off the Page' and 'The Call' on Radio 4.
Rosie Runciman also worked at the BBC for more than 20 years on Radio 4's Today programme, Newsnight, Radio 5 Live and at The World Service. She was Editor of Newshour and Assistant Editor at Five Live.
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  • For clinicians 
    • Complements and supports sessions
    • Sessions more focused and efficient to achieve better health outcomes
    • Reduces appointments, admissions and DNAs
  • For providers 
    • More efficient caseloads, better outcomes for patients, reduced waiting lists
    • Money saved through reduced numbers of GP appointments, hospital admissions and DNAs
Return On Investment (GPs)
Cost of TSD per patient per annum = £5.00
 
Average number of GP visits pre TSD = 3.7 appointments Average number of GP visits post TSD = 0.42 appointments
 
3 fewer appointments per TSD user x payment for each appointment of
£23.50 (NHS tariffs) = £70.50 per patient; an ROI of 1:14
 
Average number of GP DNAs pre TSD = 2.5 appointments Average number of GP DNAs post TSD = 0.5 appointments
 
2 fewer DNAs per TSD user x cost of each DNA of £36 (Kings Fund) = £72 per patient; an ROI of 1:14
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Benefits for patients
  
  • Empowers and encourages people’s engagement with their condition
  
  • Improves medicines adherence
  
  • Improves overall quality of care
  
  • Improves people’s experience of and satisafaction with their care
Current and planned activity: 
Who’s using The Sound Doctor
•  CCGs 
  • Barnsley, Gloucestershire, West Leicester, Wirral, Newcastle, Central London Community Health Trust
  
  • Hospital Trusts 
    • Guy’s and Tommy’s NHS Trust
    • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  
  • Other 
    • Philips Healthcare
    • All South London pharmacies
    • Jhoots Pharmacies
    • NAPC Practice Innovation Network
    •  
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We own the IP on all our content
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
ExerSciz Solutions is an on-line tool that creates individualised exercise programs for risk reduction, disease treatment and overall improved health for patients with Long Term Conditions.
Overview of Innovation:
ExerSciz Solutions utilises the latest in exercise and scientific literature to develop programs that are specific to an individual’s physiology, health condition and goals, level of exercise, time available and individual choice of cardiovascular training.
Patients, supported by clinicians, can select from a number of goals. These include weight loss, with or without calorie restriction, risk reduction and treatment of heart disease and stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis, balanced health and many other health based goals.
The programs adapt to the availability of various exercise equipment. Programs can be designed for those without any equipment. The programs can be done at home, in the gym, or wherever an individual chooses. The programs will progress week to week and month to month as long as an individual is doing approximately 70% of his or her workouts. The cardiovascular portion of the program gives clients their specific exercise zones to work out in. The exercise zones are unique to each individual's particular health needs as well as body physiology.  By using both screening tools and perceived exertion, the programs are safer than a patient choosing to exercise on his or her own. Since most individuals have smart phones today, an ExerSciz program is just like having a personal exercise trainer in the client's pocket at all times.
Patients are able to perform an assessment using their smart phone in order to give them an ExerSciz Fitness index ("EFI") rating.  The EFI is a proprietary exercise score that compares each client to age adjusted norms and allows each client to benchmark their current status, as well as monitor progress. In addition, patients are able to track their activity on the website, giving them both activity scores and health scores.  We will soon have the ability to automatically track this if the client is using a wearable device that is compatible with the ExerSciz program.
Patients and doctors will be able to see the results and appreciate that they are “Exercising smarter, not harder” as their program is literally putting exercise based science into their unique personalised exercise experience, promoting their health and wellbeing. 
An individualised ExerSciz program will be complementary to any ongoing health or medical intervention, initiative and treatment a patient may be involved in and should reduce health costs, as well as help develop ownership of their own health.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  • Cost saving benefits as a result of better disease prevention, health promotion, disease treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance of health and function.
  • Time spent in physiotherapy and follow up appointments is better spent, as exercise can also  be conducted safely in an unsupervised manner and/or at home
  • Clinicians can monitor the progress of patients who exercise, resulting in the formulation of enhanced treatment plans.
  • ExerSciz Programs aid in the development of the patient’s ownership and control of his or her own health objectives.
  • ExerSciz can help to maintain an individual’s health, prevent the deterioration of disease, allow convenient and cost effective access to exercise expertise and can help to educate patients about the best exercise for their condition.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
ExerSciz Solutions directly fits into the Digital health innovations campaign and could also assist with the diabetes campaign. Our app can help to maintain an individual’s health, prevent the deterioration of disease, allow convenient and cost effective access to exercise expertise and can help to education patients about the best exercise for their condition. Ultimately saving the NHS within the region money and avoidable admissions.
In addition the benefit ExerSciz Solutions can have on multiple long term conditions would directly benefit the West Midlands region.  
The most common reason individuals give for starting an exercise program is to lose weight, however most individuals, do not know where to start, are afraid they may hurt themselves and for a variety of reasons, will not join a gym. Many individuals, wanting to lose weight, often exercise too hard, in a zone that is less effective for weight loss and more prone to injury. These individuals frequently do not lose weight, often get frustrated and stop exercising.  Access to this tool, as part of a larger health campaign, will give individuals enough trust in the site to at least initiate and try a program. The ExerSciz application will enable an individual to exercise with or without calorie restriction in a safe and effective manner, using exercise zones that are specific to body fat loss, as well as an included nutritional recommendation tool to complement this.
Exercise has been shown repeatedly in scientific studies to have significant overall health benefits as well as increased productivity and enjoyment of life. Even a small percentage change in non-exercisers to exercise adopters could have significant socio/health-economic benefits to the region.
Current and planned activity: 
Current activity:
Digital Health Solutions is actively seeking NHS partnerships to engage with ExerSciz Solutions. The app has been developed and evaluated within Canada and USA and a collaboration within the UK is currently being sought as the product is successfully being marketed and used with Canada and the US.

Planned activity:
  • Procurement / Adoption of ExerSciz Solutions by West Midlands NHS Trusts
  • Evaluation of the app and its potential wide scale usage across the region and the wider NHS
  • Support with Information Governance, N3 connectivity and data capture to aid further growth and development within the NHS
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All intellectual property is owned by ExerSciz Solutions Inc. in US and Digital Health Solutions Ltd in the UK and Europe
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Andrew Lane 27/04/2016 - 17:21 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

The NHS often does NOT know a patient’s wishes on treatment, their preferences or instructions. In a health emergency or mental crisis this information is vital.. MyDirectives gives everyone the chance to record their wishes in advance of a crisis.

Overview of Innovation:

MyDirectives.com and MyDirectives mobile gives every individual the opportunity to record their wishes for free. The service uses digitally delivered structured forms, video and audio messages to create high quality documents that health professionals trust to make best interest decisions. The service empowers individuals, allowing them to share their wishes with a close network of people (‘agents’) they trust to support them in a crisis or if they are unable to speak for themselves.  These ‘agents’ are sent instructional packs & urged to discuss preferences with the individuals concerned. MyDirectives then works with local health economies to integrate the person’s wishes & personal choices with primary, secondary and local authority databases & electronic health records so they can be confident their wishes & ‘digital voice’ will always be accessible & heard.
 
For health professionals this means they can be confident they are looking at the most up to date views of their patients, know who can speak for the patient & what their treatment choices & objectives are. This approach is both ‘human’ & from an innovation perspective, highly disruptive. It leads to faster, more appropriate & sensitive care decision making & can be easily scaled through MyDirectives' API to the whole care & health community.
 
The benefits of this pro-active approach are significant cash releasing savings that can be evidenced. An indication of how much this approach might save a health economy is a bill currently going though both houses of the US Congress that proposes to give every US citizen on Medicaid and Medicare £75 in return for creating a digital emergency, critical and advance care plan. MyDirectives has been live for four years and is used by individuals in 34 countries & is now looking for its first healthcare partner in the UK. 

We want a healthcare partner who can work with us to establish a UK integration network with GP suppliers, summary care record and organ donor lists and an adoption strategy using GP suppliers, secondary care providers, E-referrals, organ donor register and NHS Choices. We believe we can create a national system of adoption and retrieval using the NHS’ existing infrastructure. The end result will be a cost effective mechanism for recording and retrieving a patient's ‘voice’.

MyDirectives is the only company providing an integrated all digital solution to these issues.
 
See https://mydirectives for further details.

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

ADVault has created an economic model for England that shows for every £1 spent on MyDirectives a health authority would save between £1.77 to £9.33 within five years. The variation depends on which NHS England figures you apply to the model. Please see attached five case national economic model created for HM Treasury for full details. The models are based on targeting the entire adult population of a health economy and capturing 25% of all deaths.

If the NHS were to set a 50% adoption level and the capture of 25% of all deaths within five years as achievable targets, it could expect to generate net savings of between £64,916,693 to £702,791,693 per annum by the end of year five. A city such as Birmingham could therefore expect to save c£6m a year.

These cost savings can be realised as individuals express in their Emergency, Critical and Advance Care Plans (ECACP) their preferences, wishes and goals for treatment and care that permit the NHS to intervene more appropriately and less intensively.  As a result, ECACPs lead to fewer people dying in hospital, reduced admissions, achieve shorter hospital stays, reduced unnecessary ambulance journeys, fewer ‘heroic’ treatment measures and fewer incidences of distressing and unwanted life-sustaining treatments.
 
With an ECACP there is also compelling evidence that carers return to work sooner following family health crises and bereavements and experience fewer subsequent mental health issues, as the end of life events are managed more sympathetically.  Anecdotal evidence suggests even more significant savings following unexpected accidents and trauma where an ECACP is in place.

MyDirectives is supported by the National Council for Palliative Care (CEO Claire Henry); Baroness Finlay, the Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum and Professor Bee Wee, the National Director for End of Life Care.

We are currently looking for our first NHS partner.

Initial Review Rating
4.40 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:

In addition to the benefits described in the previous section, we are looking for a regional partner such as a GP group, Trust or STP to showcase and then spread this innovation across the wider NHS. We would be comfortable to enter into a commercial arrangement to facilitate this partnership.
 
If a suitable regional partner can be identified, we would consider locating our UK business Headquarters in the West Midlands.
 
Given the health economic forecast described previously and the predictive benefits model for saving to NHS England a city such as Birmingham could expect to save approximately £6m a year.

Current and planned activity: 

ADVault, creators of MyDirectives, is looking for its first UK integration partner. In the USA our integration business is now operating successfully in 10 US States. In addition, we are also in discussions with the Australian Federal government.

We are seeking a regional partner such as a GP group, Trust or STP to showcase the product and then to spread this innovation across the wider NHS community.
 
We would be comfortable to enter into a commercial arrangement to facilitate this partnership
 
Should suitable regional partners be found, we would consider locating our UK business headquarters within the West Midlands.

What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:

All the intellectual property is owned by ADVault Inc

Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:

MyDirectives can be scaled regionally or nationally. We generate better viral effects when we approach hundreds of thousands of people. This also "normalises" the process of recording you preferences, values and goals making success more likely. 

Measures:

Outcomes will be measured digitally based on volume of take up, retrieval and completion. We would also bring in researchers to look at impact on ambulance journeys, 111 decision making, medical crisis decision making, length of stay in hospital, organ donation rescind rate and deaths in normal place of residence.

Adoption target:

ADVault would seek to have 50% of a population signed up within five years. One of the consequence of this penetration would be that approx 25% of people in a community are likely to have one in place prior to a medical crisis.

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Our expert people and advanced health analytics reveal insights from complex data that enable health & care professionals working across the West Midlands to make better decisions for the patients and populations they serve.
Overview of Innovation:
Sollis and the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University have collaborated to produce a population health analytics platform that helps health & care professionals transform services for patients and populations.
 
Sollis Clarity and The Johns Hopkins  ACG ®System is a person-focused case-mix system that captures the multi-dimensional nature of an individual’s health. It considers the total disease experience of each patient, including the implications of co-occurring disease, encouraging a holistic view of the patient rather than the management of specific diseases or episodes.
 
Sollis Clarity supports:
  • Case Finding - Patient level risk stratification
  • Resource Management - Case-mix risk adjustment and benchmarking
  • Population Health Needs Assessment - Population level risk stratification
  • Fair Shares Budgeting - Capitated budget setting
 
Sollis Clarity delivers robust business analytics and data management to identify and analyse populations across the continuum of care to help health & care providers and commissioners get a precise understanding of patterns of mult-morbidity across populations and its relationship to utilisation, costs and outcomes.
 
Sollis Clarity delivers insights into the morbidity patterns of different populations, supporting population health management, service transformation, integrated care and, ultimately, better outcomes for patients.
 
Sollis Clarity goes beyond patient level risk stratification. Risk stratification at a population level helps the health economy — providers and commissioners — analyse and minimise the progression of diseases and the exacerbation of co-morbidities. When combined with the ACG System it is a comprehensive family of measurement tools designed to help explain and predict how healthcare resources are delivered and consumed.
 
Sollis Clarity provides the evidence base to support:
  • Planning and service re-design
  • Clinical decision making
  • Outcomes-based commissioning
  • Risk stratification and predictive modelling
  • Population profiling / segmentation
  • Case-mix adjusted benchmarking
  • Integrated multi-disciplinary care
To view Sollis - Nigel's Story - click here.
To view UK Healthcare data analytics for NHS CCGs - click here.
To view The Proactive Care at Brighton & Hove - click here.
To view Population Profiling at NHS Slough CCG - click here.
To view Using Data to Gain Greater Insight - click here.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wealth creation / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Population health analytics delivers an evidence base (insights from data) that supports large scale health & care service transformation. It is an essential component of any Population Health Management strategy and as such underpins the journey to a fully fledged Accountable Care System (ACS).

The Sollis Clarity health analytics platform is a modular system with mix-and-match components to help you achieve your healthcare analysis and commissioning/budgeting requirements.
 
Population health management helps Health & Care stakeholders identify and quantify the drivers and outcomes for addressing the needs of local populations.
 
Led by directors with decades of NHS experience, Sollis analytics software and professional services have been used to analyse data on nearly half the population of England. We believe patient-centred care strategies based on the needs of local populations provide the key to better population health management.
 
Sollis Clarity is helping several CCGs in the UK to implement new reporting and service planning initiatives.  To view examples of ‘Service Transformation: Stories from the CCG Frontline’ summarising how CCGs are using the insights provided by Clarity Patients and ACG® System analysis for service planning and transformation – click here.
 
The Sollis Clarity health analytics platform has two distinct but complementary solutions — Clarity Patients and Clarity Finance — address population health management and financial analysis respectively.
 
Clarity Patients, combined with the Johns Hopkins ACG® System, provides a comprehensive family of measurement tools that helps explain how healthcare resources are delivered and consumed. It supports new commissioning models such as Commissioning for Value, Outcomes Based Commissioning and Year‑of‑Care Commissioning. It delivers analytics that provide insights to support health & care interventions and innovation and it will help you track the success — or otherwise — of those innovations over time.
 
Clarity Finance provides contract management and activity costing with multiple tariffs, giving you business critical evidence on which to base commissioning decisions. It enables you to store and compare different versions of cost and volume type tariffs as well as non-activity tariffs, such as year of care or outcome based currencies, to give you insights on the most effective commissioning decisions.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Knowledge of the risk profile of the region’s population (based around a population segmentation approach) will help Health & Care stakeholders across the West Midlands commission and deliver appropriate preventative services that will drive positive health outcomes for the 'at need' populations of the West Midlands. 

Through the innovative use of information technology to identify patients most in need of an intervention (impactable patient cohorts) Sollis Clarity helps to identify patients who could most benefit from earlier, better informed health care interventions.
 
The Sollis population health analytics platform allows the patient population to be risk assessed to provide timely, evidential data to all members of a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), to include clinicians but not limnited to them. This enables MDT members to provide focused levels of care to specific groups of patients, reducing the risk of a patient’s condition worsening due to it being identified early so assisting MDT members in identifying and improving the care of at-risk patients.
 
Much can be achieved through the acquisition of primary care, secondary care, community care, mental health, prescribing and social care data. It can provide a rich understanding of how healthcare resources are delivered and consumed and by whom. Such analysis can aid an understanding of whether scarce resources are being deployed to those population groups in greatest need.
 
It is important that any population health analysis should focus not on single disease conditions, but on the burden of multi-morbidity observable in a local population.  Population health programmes that have the best chance of success will be those that demonstrate an understanding of the importance of multi-morbidity and its impact on the local health and care economy.
 
Using data to identify early healthcare interventions can provide significant benefits to patients, particularly those with long-term conditions. Providing the functionality to make real time decisions based on clinical evidence will improve outcomes for patients.
 
Sollis exist to help our customers deliver better patient outcomes, better patient experiences at an affordable cost and are wholly focused on the delivery of insights that will help deliver a sustainable and transformed health and care system in the West Midlands.
Current and planned activity: 
We are currently providing analytics support to thirty (30) plus Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) nationally as well as nine hundred (900) plus GP practices and a number of NHS Vanguards, principally Multispecialty Community Providers (MCPs).

We would like to engage with health and care professionals involved in the development and evaluation of New Care Models throughout the West Midlands who want to use evidence based data to understand patterns of multi-morbidity and its relationship to utilisation, costs and outcomes. We are particularly interested in engaging with Sustainability & Transformation Paernerships (STPs) and emerging Accountable Care Systems (ACS).
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Sollis owns all Intellectual Property (IP) for the following software applications:
  • Sollis Clarity (Population Analytics Platform)
  • Sollis Clarity Patients
  • Sollis Clarity Finance
 Johns Hopkins Health Care (JHHC) owns all Intellectual Property (IP) for the following software:
  • ACG® System
 Also:
  • ISO9001
  • IG Toolkit Certified
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Docly is the leading digital health provider in Sweden, founded by a practicing GP in 2013 to deliver greater efficiency of use of clinician time, better quality of care and better patient experience using algorithm supported online consultations. 

Overview of Innovation:
Docly has been in use since 2013 in Sweden, with over 250k patients consultations to date.  85% of patients prefer it to conventional appointments due to quality of service they receive and the ability to access care how and when they prefer.



Clinicians choose to work in the Docly service (we employ 120 Doctors in Sweden) as they have greater flexibility of time and location and with the security provided by integrated decision support tools.

Efficiency gains are significant with approximate halving of the clinician time taken per consultation.
 
Work Flow

Docly consultations take place securely online: patients fill out a guided questionnaire for the health condition they seeking help for, then submit their case to our Digital Waiting Room.  They can do this via an app or web tool.  These notes become part of the patient’s record, reducing downstream administrative workload.

The questionnaire provides automated triage, refernig the patients to appropriate levels of care. This could be to eg self referral to physiotherapy, or if  the information the patient enters indicates a more serious problem, then the patient is instructed to seek urgent care.
 
The Docly clinician uses their web tool or app to select patients from the Digital Waiting Room according to condition, location, time waiting etc.

Typically a consultation is starts 3-4 minutes after a patient submits their case, with the patient informed of this by a prompt in their app. Most communication between the clinician & patient then takes place asynchronously (ie not real time) in writing.

Doctors can choose to use images, video or phone calls, during the consultation.  They can as would be the case in any normal consultations request tests to progress the consultation to arrive at a diagnosis, decide on any treatment & follow up with the patient, replicating the steps in conventional care but taking the experience online.
 
Quality tools

Decision support tools are integrated into the clinician app are derived from national guidelines and are written and maintained by doctors with significant experience in writing clinical algorithms.

All activity is recorded and reports of clinicians’ work are displayed via dashboards that can also be used as input into appraisals.  The service encourages online peer support from other Docly doctors to pose questions and gather rapid feedback.

Every 20th case a clinician sees, they are prompted to review an anonymous peer’s case to provide a quality feedback mechanism.

Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
The demands on primary care services are at an all-time high with the number of consultations occurring in general practice, estimated to have increased by 19 per cent between 2008-09 and 2013-14; against a backdrop of a recruitment crisis in where the UK is estimated to be short of 6k GPs. Non-attendance is estimated to be 5% of appointments further compounding the pressures on primary care.
 
At the same time 75% of the UK population go online for health information & 50% use the internet for self-diagnosis (Department of Health & UK Trade & Investment 2015). 71% of those aged 55-75 have a smartphone (Deloitte 2017)
The traditional models of primary care are less aligned to expectations of patients & are increasingly difficult to access. 
 
Patients

Docly offers high quality, modern & accessible healthcare.
  • Patients are connected through our service to a clinician - usually a GP - within 3-4 minutes (median) without having to leave their home or office, contributing to a better quality of life for patients and improved service over conventional care
  • Net Promoter Score of 45.
  • 85% of patients choose to use Docly for subsequent appointments.
Clinicians

Docly increases capacity for a GP to serve their patients through
  • Faster consultations, typically taking 50% of the clinician time over a conventional appointment.
  • Increased attractiveness for GPs working clinical sessions due to greater flexibility : Doctors can work where and when it suits them, working around other commitments and increasing the available workforce.
  • Triage of patients directly to alternative services without the need to directly engage with the practice
  • Remaining capacity is focussed on those patients who really need to see a doctor in person.
  • High Patient satisfaction
NHS

Docly (known as Min Doktor) is part of the public healthcare system in Sweden, providing online consultations for national & regional public healthcare providers.
  • Cost savings from increased capacity to serve a given population through the efficiencies of increased patient throughput
  • Working alongside existing services in a given geography enhances and augments the total capacity in a given area.
  • Patients stay registered at their own practice
  • Patient satisfaction
  • GP workforce capacity and satisfaction
  • Quality of care: we have reduced antibiotic prescribing driven by guideline derived algorithms by 50% over the last 18M, and similar reductions of referrals to specialist secondary care services also using guideline structured algorithms.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands region is an area of contrasts. It includes densely populated conurbations such as Birmingham, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as beautiful areas of remote countryside within the counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.
 
Sparsity and the increasing scarcity of public transport links are recognised as having a significant impact both on daily living costs of rural households and on access to services.  All of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) in WMAHSNs rural areas have identified these challenges as priorities in their transformation plans.
 
NHS England is using technology to empower patients and make it easier for clinicians to deliver high quality care and enabling patients to seamlessly navigate the service as part of its digital transformation strategy. The Online Consultation programme is a contribution towards this ambition.
 
Online Consultations are part of the Midlands and East GP Forward View (GPFV) Digital Implementation Strategy.
 
Video consultations can overcome geographical boundaries and provide access to services in remote areas or those with limited numbers of healthcare professionals.  These are however not suitable where low bandwidth mobile networks exist as is the case across much of the west Midlands area, so text based and asynchronous consultations suit this environment well. Currently only 2% of Docly consultations require a video call.
 
Patients using the Docly service do not need to take time away from work to have an appointment, and without the need to video call the doctor, the process is much more appropriate to a work environment.
 
We anticipate that doctors providing the Docly service  would come from within the area contracting with us. If there is insufficient capacity within the local geography, doctors from outside the area can support local patients, and in a reciprocal manner, doctors in the West Midlands could treat patients in other parts of the country.
Current and planned activity: 
The GP Forward View announced £45m to support the uptake of GP online consultation systems. The General Practice Development Programme will help practices lay the foundations for new models of integrated care & play their part in delivering a sustainable & high quality NHS as part of the Sustainability & Transformation Plan process in which general practice has a key role.
 
Docly would like to engage with WM CCGs, Federations and large GP partnerships to explore accessing the above funding to establish the Docly solution across the region.
 
We want to ensure the Docly service is visible to organisations considering online patient triage and consultation tools.
 
In other areas we are working to deploy Docly into practices in Leicester and are designing an evaluation with a large GP federation to quantify the value in an NHS primary care environment.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP Held by MD International (parent company).
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Barnaby Poulton 17/07/2018 - 12:08 Publish 2 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Rally Round helps frail and vulnerable adults to live well at home. It also helps patients recover from illnesses and other health challenges. See  www.rallyroundme.com
Overview of Innovation:
What Is It?
Rally Round is an easy to use secure social networking tool that allows family members, friends and carers to easily create and organise support for someone they care about.
 
Core Features
A support network account is created and other trusted family members, friends and carers are invited to join. Everyone adds support tasks that need doing, such as shopping, help with transport, socialising etc. Network members choose which tasks to help out with. 


Text and email alerts remind everyone what needs doing, who is doing what and when things need to be done. 
Important information can safely be shared with other members of the support network via the Noticeboard.


Rally Round can be offered to people in 3 ways:
 
Self Service: social media marketing and off line promotion drives local people to a bespoke Rally Round website landing page. From here people can create and build up support networks themselves.
 
Assisted Networks: NHS Staff (plus partner organisations and third sector organisations) refer people to Rally Round via an online referral dashboard. Referrals made instantly trigger an automatic email and phone based onboarding service provided and run by Rally Round.

Managed Networks:  NHS Staff (plus partner organisations and third sector organisations) are trained and supported to introduce Rally Round to relevant clients and/or families of clients. They do this via a managed networks login that allows networks to be created very efficiently. Staff who use this process are automatically assigned to be the coordinator of the networks they create. In this way they can build up the support network by issuing invitations to family members, friends or volunteers before leaving.  

Social Capital and Performance
 
Licence holders have access to a Data Dashboard. This lists all the networks associated with their licence together with key performance data e.g. number of helpers in each network, number of support tasks moving through a network and the resilience of each network as measured by the way in which support tasks are shared amongst network helpers. In essence the Data Dashboard provides a glimpse into people’s social capital. 









 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
 Benefits to NHS organsiations:
  1. Strengthen prevention and self-care strategies
  2. Defer demand for GP and other primary care services
  3. Speed up discharges from community rehab / step-down facilities
  4. Support recovery of some MH clients 
  5. Defer or reduce volume and cost of carer breakdowns
Benefits to Local Authorities:
  1. Strengthen prevention and self-care strategies
  2. Defer demand for funded social care support
  3. Extend reablement support by utilisation of family members and friends
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Benefits to vulnerable persons / patients / clients:
  1. Remain living well and independently in own home for longer and/or recover better
  2. Receive more practical and timely support from carers, friends and family members
  3. Reconnection with more friends and relatives
  4. Reduced loneliness and social isolation
  5. Improved quality of life
Benefits to carers, family members and friends
  1. Less 'burn-out' / more practical help on a day to day basis
  2. Enhanced ability to remain in or return to paid employment
  3. More time freed up for pursuit of own interests
  4. Ability to offer help, even if physically distant
  5. Peace of mind, through access to the dashboard information, that a loved one is getting timely support.
Current and planned activity: 
Several Local Authorities and third sector organisations already use Rally Round, including Essex County Council, Bradford MDC and Bolton Council. We are now keen to work with NHS organisations to explore the potential for Rally Round to be offered systematically to patients to help achieve a range of demand deferral, prevention, self-care, discharge and recovery goals. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Rally Round has been created by Health2Works Ltd. As such we own and control use of all software code.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Steve Pashley 17/01/2017 - 13:38 Publish 2 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
eCAS Card simplifies recording activity data at point of care in busy A&E Departs.  This data is available to all clinical staff with associated patient safety checks. Patient record is more complete accurately reflecting activity & improving coding
Overview of Innovation:
Paperlite - The eCAS Card system is a replacement for the paper Casualty Card used in an Accident & Emergency Department and focuses on simplifying activity recording so the patient record contains rich clinical and nursing content. 
 
Data Collection – The eCAS Card system simplifies and streamlines data collection by reflecting the processes and work flow within A&E Departments whilst integrating with the Trust’s PAS and key IT systems to ensure administrative functions are minimised.
 
Accessibility - No longer are nurses and clinicians required to search for a single paper record as they will have access to the latest patient information anywhere within the hospital where there is browser access to the network.  The same patient record can be viewed with the capability of updating different parts of the record by multiple people simultaneously.
 
Accessible via multiple devices including Tablets, iPADs and C.O.Ws utilising NHS security protocols.
 
Monitoring - the system monitors “wait times” and provides simple, visual updates on screen to assist with meeting targets.  Utilising the data provided by nursing staff, Sepsis, VTE, Child and adult safeguarding checks are undertaken and appropriate alerts raised if the data meets certain parameters.
 
  • nursing staff report that their capacity to treat patients and record their activity increases with the use of the eCAS Card service
  • clinicians benefit from having the latest patient information to ensure appropriate and timely treatment.
  • administrative staff note a significant reduction in time spent chasing paper notes, scanning CAS Cards and completing activity data not entered prior to discharge.
 
Data Sharing – the eCAS Card service ensures accurate and complete activity recording that results in an improved patient record which is then used for;
  • automatic production and e-mailing of GP attendance letters
  • all necessary reports and correspondence
  • A&E data available for Inpatient episode where a patient is admitted
  • simplified coding
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wealth creation / Digital health / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The use of eCAS Card system improves patient care, efficiency, and improves activity reporting by:

Patient Care
  • Improved patient flow facilitates quicker turnaround
  • Ensures that the right care is delivered as the clinical staff has the most up to date information at hand
  • Sepsis Screening, VTE, Child and adult safeguarding checks removes the potential for a condition/issue to be overlooked  
  • Accurate record keeping ensures episode details can be relied upon for any follow-up treatment and as part of the patient’s medical history.
Provides Efficiency
  • Increase in productivity from nursing staff who are able to Triage and stream patients quicker.
  • Information can be accesses by the clinical staff via a mobile device reducing time locating the patient record or the correct form to complete.
  • Removes the necessity for double entry and transcription errors this can cause.
  • Reduction in administrative tasks, including scanning of paper Casualty Cards, production and postage of Attendance Letters
  • Facilitates direct communication and documentation with patients GP’s
  • Interfaces with PAS and Ambulance information systems for seamless transfer of patients
  • Integrated with Referral Management services to allow for the Demand Management to ensure patient is treated in the most appropriate location by the optimum service
  • Key step in becoming a paper-lite NHS organisation
 
Improved Data Quality
  • Improved recording of activity to allow for more accurate charging and ensuring the Trust is paid for all its activity and improves CQUIN Reporting
  • Outputs audit data for department requirements and allows for the management of A&E Services based on accurate, up-to-the-minute information.
  • Integration with Primary Care to share patient data
  • Integration with Secondary Care to maintain Care Pathway if an attendance leads to an admission
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Patient Benefits
  • Improved patient experiences at A&E
  • Streamlined and efficient patient triage & treatment delivery via clear trust pathways reducing time in department
  • Consistent level of service and treatment
  • Safeguarding and inbuilt alerts for Sepsis and VTE ensures important checks are not missed
  • Reduced anxiety as clinical and nursing staff do not need to ask the same question multiple times
  • Greater confidence in the service as professionals have the information they require
  • Improved communication allows for seamless follow-up care if required
 
Trust Benefits
  • Most efficient use of resources including physical locations, equipment, staff, patient information etc.
  • Improved data collection for each episode ensures patient data is both complete and accurate, increasing confidence in nursing care and clinical decisions
  • Activity accurately recorded improving CQUIN reporting and ensuring all attendances are correctly charged
  • Clear management and audit data to allow for proactive management of the A&E Department and assessment of process efficiency.
 
Regional Benefits
  • Opportunities to manage demand of urgent care services by sharing load across Healthcare Economy as part of Sustainability & Transformation Plan.
  • Significant Patient Safety benefits by being able to consistently monitor and review vulnerable children and adults across the region.
Current and planned activity: 
Current Activity
eCAS Card used successfully by East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust since 2015.

WASP has developed additional innovative products and services for other NHS Trusts, inc. London North West Healthcare & Northampton General Hospital NHS Trusts.

WASP is undertaking  Marketing Campaign to raise awareness of products and services that support improved operational efficiency of trusts, but which can be tailored to meet the demands of STPs & Local Digital Roadmaps.

Planned Activity
  • Promotion - Meet with region’s senior managers involved with Local Digital Roadmaps to raise awareness of WASP’s current capability & strategic ambitions.
  • Adoption - Additional adoption sites within the West Midlands for the eCAS Card service.
  • Innovation –Work with an Healthcare Economy in order to implement new technology to join up the patient, GP, OOH services, NHS 111, CCG and Acute Trust providers to co-ordinate & manage Urgent & Emergency Care services demand.
  • Resolve the issues below.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The eCAS Card Service has been specified, developed and supported by WASP Software.  The software “Code Base” is managed by the WASP Development Team and released in compiled form through our Operations Team.
On this basis, all Intellectual Property and copyright (although not registered) resides with WASP.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Alamac work in partnership with health and social care organisations / systems to help diagnose challenges in real-time, identify key actions based on objective data, and implement changes which result in sustainable improvement.
Overview of Innovation:
Alamac are specialists in behavioural change and sustainable performance improvement. We apply a simple process, using a proven clinical method, and combine this with our technology to create sustainable change.

We work with our partner organisations to understand the flow of patients through different pathways of care - including acute / hospital care, community health, primary care and social care. We work alongside teams to gather relevant, current data and act upon it.

We develop the individuals and teams to use this data as information to drive action. Teams are able to identify the 'cause and effect' of pressure points and actions are then put in place to improve the system performance, the patient's journey and quality outcomes.

Our team bring a wealth of experience in clinical practice, operations management and senior leadership. 100% of our delivery team are clinically or NHS trained leaders with the experience, skill and credibility to deliver. They bring their experience and knowledge of working with over 45 systems/organisations across the NHS and Social care. We act as a critical friend, helping teams to think differently and create a disciplined culture of real-time improvement.

We deploy a simple process based around the transparency of daily data. Through our facilitated ‘Test and Learn Cycles’, daily use of this intelligence involving senior leads from across the system allows teams to diagnose system issues in real time, and use objective information to identify actions to tackle these issues.

Our approach creates a fundamental change in the way teams work. It supports collaboration and integration across organisational boundaries. Our process allows teams to work on objective intelligence and reality, rather than emotion and myth. We create a disciplined culture of support rather than blame and of action rather than story. Our encouragement of predictions means that teams drive the changes they want to see and become less reactive. This delivers a greater grip on the issues at hand, removes uncertainty and drive proactive actions.

By following our process every day, consistently and persistently, we create lasting culture change.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
  • We deliver transparency of information across all parts of the organisation/system- providing ‘One Version of the Truth’ that is used daily to form actions to deliver benefit.
  • We use daily forums to fix 'in-day' problems and to monitor systemic solution delivery. During this period we help teams to identify and collate measures, understand what targets they want to set, and begin to take earlier and better decisions to deliver incremental improvement.
  • We help teams to develop a system and a forum to share intense and constructive feedback, as well as a new numerate language to drive a culture of real-time improvement.
  • The process supports individuals, teams and organisations to hold to account based on objective information.
  • We develop and coach individuals and teams in improvement methodology to deliver sustainability to the organisations and system
The outputs are:
  • Integration of and patient pathway improvement and service reconfiguration
  • Rebalance of capacity and demand (management)
  • Stabilisation of operational performance to build recovery and resilience
  • Construction of associated programme management and governance
  • Deliver in excess of 10x ROI – 30% of which is cost saving
  • Leadership development and empowerment of front line leaders and senior and executive teams
  • True ‘clinical team to board’ transparency, reporting and assurance.
  • Trained and skilled workforce in continual improvement
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Through our simple process, clinical method and technology we can support the WM to deliver improved and sustained performance; integration and collaboration and a skilled workforce in improvement methodology. Some examples our outlined below:

DTOC Reduction
In a medium sized health and social care system, a key issue impacting on patient flow was identified as underutilised capacity within the community hospitals.

We developed a key set of measures to enable a better understanding of the ‘cause and the effect’ of the underutilised capacity and supported the teams in identifying and implementing appropriate actions.

The result of the approach was an increase in community bed utilisation. The effect of this was a reduction in the number of medically fit patients in the Acute Hospital.




Improving Quality
Working with the frontline teams delivering patient care, we support them to analyse their own data, take ownership of it and develop the confidence to use and make decisions based upon it. The staff and teams feel empowered to identify and implement actions that they can monitor, in real time, to ensure actions are having the intended effect.

In one ward we identified that 45% of their falls were occurring on a Sunday.

Through working with the ward to diagnose the ‘cause and effect’ of this number the ward sister adjusted her roster (at no additional cost) to ensure a dementia champion was on duty on a Sunday.

This resulted in the number of falls on a Sunday reducing to 0 which was sustained.


By impacting on quality outcomes, such as falls, there has been a cost saving associated for our clients. The average cost of a fall to an acute hospital is £3000, (The Kings Fund, 2013).

A client example:


Releasing Time to Care
In one of our clients we were able to capture key measures required for ‘Audits of Key Performance Indicator Bundles’ at the front line, and in real time, as part of the daily standard work.

Prior to this, the audits were being completed by a clinician in each team taking 1 day a month in 21 teams away from clinical care.

We enabled the staff to rapidly complete the audits as part of the daily routine releasing clinical time back to the teams. It also released time in the governance team as the manual process was no longer needed.

The clinical time saved has been costed as:
1 day/month for 21 teams = 252 days/year
Costed at midpoint Band 5 = £24,211 savings/year
Current and planned activity: 
Alamac would like the opportunity to work with healthcare providers in the West Midlands, as well as work more closely with the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, hosted by the WMAHSN, that aims to improve safety and continually reduce avoidable harm by supporting organisations in working together to develop, implement, share and spread proven safety interventions that are based on rigorous, evidence-based scientific methodologies.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Our improvement methodology - simple process, clinical method and our technology is the intellectual property of Alamac
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
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