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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)
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
ORCHA is the world’s largest Health App library ORCHA has been designed to offer local targeted app stores to engage populations and to support professionals to recommend the best apps to their patients.

Overview of Innovation:
ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications, is an SME specialising in the rapidly developing world of health and care mobile applications and related digital health services. The medical and wellbeing app market is growing fast, offering the prospect for clinicians and patients to better monitor, report and manage multiple health challenges. Apps exist and are in development for a wide array of users, ranging from solutions that remind and assist people with essential activities, to approaches that monitor key physiological parameters to improve management of multi-morbid long term conditions and to improve quality of life through enabling social interaction.

There is growing evidence that apps can improve outcomes for populations and patients, however, there is currently little independent review to ensure their effectiveness, safety or value to users and professionals. This limits user and professional confidence, the growth of app businesses, and also constrains the opportunity for the UK population to take advantage of apps to address major health demographic issues while potentially reducing load on public resources. The sheer scale of emerging apps in health and care also actively inhibits the use of these services, as patients, carers and their health and care professionals struggle to find the right solutions. Finding a clear and trusted pathway through these congested waters is a critical enabler of any wider digital health strategy.  ORCHA provides the solution. It delivers a clear and robust approach to the review, validation and dissemination of these services and through this core capability creates an attractive powerful and multifaceted digital health hub that patients, carers, health and care professionals and developers themselves are all able to utilise to drive this critical agenda.
The ORCHA platform has been designed to consist of multiple ‘white labelled’ variants, which are all driven by a common repository of review information and associated data. Through this approach it is possible to create solutions targeted for particular geographies, conditions or cohorts, enabling the key ORCHA components to be seamlessly integrated into existing public facing and professional facing solutions.
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 / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The key benefit of the ORCHA solution is to individual patients & citizens in supporting them to find solutions they can trust to improve their health & wellbeing & in also supporting clinical professional groups across health & care providers, who wish to recommend, prescribe & clinically implement apps.  We have hundreds of GPs, clinicians & carers who are using this feature to prescribe apps to their patients & clients. For example, we are working with in primary care where local practices are using the system to recommend the best smoking cessation app to their patient lists known to smoke. We are also working with care assistants who prescribe apps as a part of health checks & we are working with Mental health services, where patients are provided with an app at their GP appointment & along the IAPT or CAHMs pathway. Here apps have been seen to reduce patients need for therapy, drugs & have also been used to achieve better outcome measures across the whole pathway.
The ORCHA tool is the first scalable assessment of health-apps, enabling clinicians to recommend & end-users to benefit from apps of guaranteed quality & safety. Through research-oriented design, ORCHA enables clinicians & commissioners to provide solutions in areas of unmet need, gauge the opinions/experiences of users & evaluate impact of services against patient-level outcomes. By making evidence central to activities, ORCHA is slowly transforming mHealth, from a largely uncertain prospect, to a valued tool in the armoury of clinicians & patients alike; mitigating risks & improving the likelihood of TECS embedding themselves as valued components of clinical pathways.
ORCHA are:
  • Increasing the availability of evidence-based services to those otherwise unable to fully benefit from face-to-face services, enabling care from home & helping the NHS maintain ‘equal access for equal need’
  • Increasing trust among those using & commissioning app-based services, by informing users of the risks & benefits of over 3,500 health-apps to date
  • Working with East Lancashire, West Lancashire, Bolton & Salford health economies to ensure those quitting smoking, still receive adequate support following the reduction or withdrawal of funding for smoking cessation support
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Benefit to WM population:
The key benefit of the ORCHA solution is to individual patients and citizens in supporting them to find solutions they can trust to improve their health and wellbeing and in also supporting clinical professional groups across health and care providers, who wish to recommend, prescribe and clinically implement apps.  We have a growing number of GPs, clinicians and carers who are using this feature to prescribe apps to their patients, and clients.
We work at regional and local level to activate populations to access a local library of health apps to support their health or health needs, activate patients through their trusted professional and upskill the professionals communities with a wide range of apps and the ability to prescribe these solutions to create a digital health offering which is reportable, managed and governed.
We also support health and care app developers. ORCHA not only provides these individuals and organisations with a ‘route to market’ outside the very crowded and commercially challenging confines of the various major app stores, but it also provides an environment for solution improvement, collaboration and the creation of critical interfaces that not only drive greater interoperability between complimentary solutions, but also starts to enable the creation of shared standards and common protocols around key issues such as data privacy and control.

ORCHA are:
  • Highlighting that working in schools is a viable & sustainable approach to activating young people & their families to use health-apps for health promotion; with the average child registering with ORCHA subsequently recommending 6.4 apps to others, 61% resulting in a download
  • Supporting KS4 students in raising awareness of taboo subjects including sexual/mental health through the use of apps. Students are now using ORCHA to extend their advice to include additional apps (not just period trackers) to attendees of the shool based clinic
  • Enabling North West London CCG to identify barriers to implementing TECS, promote efficiency & extend the effective reach of existing care; gaining user feedback to overcome these barriers & realise the benefits of TECS across North West London
  • Demonstrating, through our academic research published in BMJ:Evidence-based mental health, that contrary to popular belief, app quality is not correlated with both prior download figures & user-review scores, providing prospective app-users with useful information to minimise blind faith in popular apps[3].

Current and planned activity: 
Health app activation is a real challenge for health care systems. The ORCHA Solution enables customisable App Libraries that can help you to promote reviewed Apps to a specific population. These tailored App Libraries, “ORCHA Microsites” have been designed to enable them to be configured to meet your specific requirements. ORCHA Pro-Account works with the Microsites & is in essence a prescribing solution for health/care professionals. The service supports organisations that have commissioned App Licenses (an increasing trend) to manage the distribution of licenses by their staff & the ProAccount provides the core infrastructure for managing & monitoring Health App prescribing more broadly. The act of recommending an App via the Pro-Account feature is a key tool where individuals are 10 times more likely to respond positively to a prompt from healthcare professionals than if they arrived on the site via a direct search. Engaging clinical communities is a core feature of our solution.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
DLS Supported Self Management puts patients in control of their own health; connecting lifestyle goals to health benefits, sharing data with health professionals and making virtual clinics a reality. 
Overview of Innovation:
DLS Supported Self Management consists of two modules which are both available through the web, android and iOS apps.
The first, prescribed by health professionals or through self-referral, is a lifestyle plan, which will help patients, and their health professionals map out important lifestyle goals related to specific conditions and pathways.
The lifestyle plan will connect existing monitoring devices and lifestyle apps, and allow this data to be shared with care teams and health professionals, giving them the visibility to provide professional support, encouragement and advice to the patient when it is needed most.  Once set up, it will become the coach needed to help the patient stick to their plan offering reminders, encouragement, advice and feedback based on progress, as well as access to a range of prescribed self-care courses and condition focused support groups.
The second module will bridge the gap between the patient and clinical worlds, integrating directly into Primary care clinical systems and providing a seamless workflow. This includes:
  • visibility on each patients lifestyle plan, patient collated data and comments made by the patients care team (including non-medical data).
  • A virtual clinic with a dashboard of patients within that specific clinic (e.g) diabetes and a RAG view of the patient data within each record.
  • Easy access to communications tools such as video calls and the phone, the ability to prescribe self-care content and the facility to send, receive and record patient messages.
Both modules will sit on a platform that will provide secure identity management, deliver robust management of patient consent and through a developer platform, will allow third parties to build against the system, enable access for open and paid API’s and deliver bespoke websites to be delivered against it. 
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Digital health / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The systems have not yet been built, or trialed, that is in progress as we speak. Therefore the hard evidence, figures and statistics behind these assumptions are yet to be quantified.
The lifestyle plan module is designed to promote patient self-management, leading to less dependency on the health system as a result of pro-actively improving lifestyle factors that reduce the re-occurrence of acute episodes for patients with a long-term condition. This promotes improved health outcomes for the patient and decreased cost to the health system as a whole. 
Healthcare professionals have a clearer, more informed view of the patient between consultations, leading to more informed consultations at more appropriate times (via the RAG and alert system). This increases efficiencies as patients can be monitored remotely with consultations as and when they are required, rather than at regular intervals.
Healthcare professionals will be able to set-up alerts based on the data patients shared, supporting proactive healthcare and decision making.
Virtual Clinics mean that when a consultation is required, it can be conducted quickly and efficiently for both the patient and clinician, remotely via video consultation, telephone or message, with face-to-face consultations only when they are required. Patient measurements are submitted in advance via the lifestyle app. This will likely show a favorable improvement in the efficiency of clinician time as well as providing a more convenient, modern service for the patient
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Benefit to WM population:
The innovation will drive positive outcomes for the West Midlands health economies by impacting patient demand.
In promoting self-management in this way, we are asking patients to become more responsible personally for their health and less reliant on the health system to keep them within the healthy parameters of their conditions. By supporting patients to be involved in managing their own care, we help to improve Patient Activation Measures (PAM).
In doing this, we expect to see:
  • a reduction in patient demand for primary and urgent care services;
  • efficiency savings from managing the patients that are seen in a more timely manner;
  • Improved clinical capacity;
  • better patient outcomes;
  • fewer missed appointments
Current and planned activity: 
We’re working with primary care partners and CCG payers to define the product scope and will involve patients/clinical users to better understand specific functionality and usability.
We have spoken to
  • Diabetes UK to ensure we’re contributing to Diabetes prevention and treatment strategies and to user test our products.
  • GPSoC framework providers to find the most efficient way to integrate our professional tools directly into the primary care clinical systems.
  • Health Exchange in Birmingham to balance our digital provision against face-to-face options so we can reach more patients, particularly those most in need of help.
  • Commercial technology providers to leverage the best the market has to offer, instead of reinventing the wheel. This, for example, will provide a simply way to harvest data from 3rd party devices and apps, allowing us to focus on the patient experience and engagement. 
The product will be trialed with a co-hort of diabetes patients through Aylesbury Vale CCG.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The IP is owned by Digital Life Sciences and is in the process of being trademarked. 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Regional Scalability:
Supported Self Care is designed to be delivered at scale to Primary Care populations. The product sits on the DLS patient platform, which is already supporting 70,000 patients in the West Midlands, 82,000 in Worcester and is about to bring on an additional 200,000 patients in Aylesbury Vale CCG area and 300,000 in Chiltern over the next year.
When it is launched, the innovation will be available commercially to any organization, in the West Midlands, or other regions, who wishes to purchase it. 
The success of the supported self-care product will be measured by;
  • The sales revenue generated
  • The clinical patient outcomes (yet to be confirmed)
  • The reduction in patient demand for primary and urgent care services;
  • Efficiency savings from managing the patients that are seen in a more timely manner;
  • Improved clinical capacity;
  • Better patient outcomes;
  • Fewer missed appointments.
Prior to implementation of the first pilot, we will undertake a benchmarking exercise which will define the exact outcomes we want to measure and reporting will be put in place to track improvements.
This will include a patient / user survey of existing services to gauge satisfaction levels, which will be repeated towards the end of the project.
As part of each deployment register we put a risk register in place, which will highlight any project risks encountered along the way in terms of quality, safety, cost and people. In addition our clients have their own clinical recording methods to keep abreast of any patient safety and or quality issues. 
Adoption target:
Yr 1 SSC deployments include the technology/ product license fee and the business change and transformation required to embed the product sufficiently to deliver a return on benefits.
Rates of adoption are: 
 2018  4 projects, £50,000 licence revenues
2019  8 projects, £70,000 licence revenues
2020  9 projects, £100,000 licence revenues
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