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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Hospify is a health data platform built on free & trusted messaging for patients and clinicians. A free messaging app is available to all users; a team messaging platform is sold to hospitals, surgeries, pharmacos and other healthcare institutions.
Overview of Innovation:
  • Hospify is an ubiquitous health comms ecosystem that puts patients & clinicians in control of their health interactions in a way that everyone can access and trust
  • Hospify allows patients to connect with and control their communications with healthcare providers, pharmacists, pharmacos and insurers
  • Like Slack in the commercial sector, Hospify uses open standards to enables other health apps and digital services to function within an ecosystem that benefits all parties involved
  • Hospify’s unique “serverless” phone- powered network architecture allows it to scale users without scaling costs while staying compliant with all data regulations.
There are lots of healthcare messaging companies popping up. So what makes Hospify different?

1) A messaging platform is only useful if everyone can be on it. That’s why people love WhatsApp. For everyone to be on it, the core platform has to be free. Hospify is built on a unique serverless architecture that allows it to scale the app without scaling the costs of supporting it. This allows Hospify to offer its core messaging, for free, to everyone, forever, without needing to monetize our users’ data or sell them ads in order to do it.
2) That serverless structure means that we don’t store users’ data (one of the reasons that we can’t monetize it!). All the data, at least in the free, secure and compliant app, is kept on the user’s device, and only on the user’s device. This means that compliance is baked in from the start, and enormously reduces data liabilities and security overheads - which in turn helps support our ability to provide the app for free to the majority of users.
3) Hospify is really simple to use. Most of our competitors are building complicated messaging tools designed to appeal to doctors. But at Hospify our focus is on nurses and patients - the people at the sharp end of health, who want solutions that are simple and effective and don’t require a manual in order to them figure out.
4) The Hospify messaging app is only part of what we do. Hospify’s secret weapon is the HospifyHub. The Hub transforms the App’s “WhatsApp”- style experience into something that’s more like Slack, with a web portal and a desktop app that syncs with users’ phones without compromising our compliant and scalable “serverless” architecture. The Hub offers administrated groups, broadcast messaging, and data capture via messaging surveys, and is designed to integrate with and handle data from third-party apps.
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A platform combining the best of WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Slack with an innovative, compliant architecture to provide a universal data and messaging layer for health care.
Overview of Innovation:
Need

Out-dated and overly bureaucratic health communications are a source of enormous inefficiency and frustration for doctors, nurses and patients. 600,000 clinicians in the UK alone have turned to consumer messaging solutions like WhatsApp to solve the problem. But these solutions have been ruled inappropriate for use in health use under GDPR and sparked 1000 NHS disciplinary actions to date.

Innovation

1. Unique “serverless” network architecture scales users exponentially with linearly scaling costs.
2. Free and ethical: Core functions are free for everyone, with no need to monetise sensitive data to pay for servers
3. Compliant by design: GDPR & health privacy standards built in to the architecture itself. All data stored in phone.
4. Super-simple user interface is easy to adopt and easy to use, enabling a bottom-up approach to market.

Market

Hospify is a market-dominance play, designed to capture the majority of healthcare professionals in the UK (2.9m), EU (23m) & South America. Most users will join at least two Hubs (employer Hub, union Hub, specialism Hub, pharmaco Hub, insurance Hub).

Approach
  • Simplicity and trust of core messaging drives bottom-up adoption by nurses and care workers, led through employer and union hubs.
  • Broadcast messaging function enables replacement of both hospital pagers and costly SMS systems, driving adoption employers & CCGs.
  • Platform is built out using APIs to provide a messaging layer for other, more specialised workflow and data-driven services, allowing them to function within an ecosystem.
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wellness and prevention of illness / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
A net budget impact of Hospify for the whole of the NHS community staff population, with a projected 51.2% uptake, has been calculated to be £166m p.a. by 2023/4. Please see the attached Budget Impact Model, constructed in collaboration with Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN, for methodology and more detailed analysis.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
An analysis of the impact on the WM population specifically has not yet been carried out, but the attached Budget Impact Model includes an analysis of the similarly sized Kent Surrey Sussex region, with 12,565 community healthcare staff. The impact on this regions was calculated as £10.48m p.a. by 2023/4. Again, please see the attached Budget Impact Model for more detail.
Current and planned activity: 
The free version of Hospify, available via the Apple and Android app stores, was released in February 2018 and now has around 5000 clinical users in more than 100 hospitals and clinics throughout the UK. 

The paid version of the platform, the Hospify Hub (https://hub.hospify.com) has been available as a live beta from April 2019 and is currently being trialled by around 20 heathcare organisations, including:
  • Birmingham Community NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals North Midland
  • Cambridge & Peterborough NHS Trust
  • Lincolnshire Community NHS Trust
  • Corby NHS Health Centre (Lakeside+)
  • The GP Service telehealth company 
  • Royal Blackburn
In addition, following two paid trials, we have an agreement in place with UNISON Health, the largest public sector health union in the country with around around 500,000 members, to begin selling Hospify to its 200+ branches once the release version of the platform goes live in September 2019.

We are also on the Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN digital health accelerator programme.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Hospify Limited owns all IP in the Hospify platform. We have UK trademarks for name and logo in place, and EU, US and Colombian trademarks in process.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
The primary region for the initial rollout of the Hospify Hub from September 2019 will be the West and North Midlands. Hospify works very closely with UNISON Regional Branch team based out of the UNISON office in Birmingham, which co-ordinates the union branches throughout this region.
 
From September Hospify will, with the active support of UNISON’s regional team, be selling the Hospify Hub to UNISON branches in the region and promoting the platform’s adoption among nurses and support staff who are also union members.
 
This will allow us to generate revenues while also building an active userbase in multiple hospitals in the region. Once we have identifiable user clusters, we will begin approaching the relevant hospital authorities, and encouraging them to approve Hospify for use at work by their clinical teams.
 
This approach has already proven to work at the Royal Stoke and Wye Valley, where the UNISON activity has led directly to constructive discussions with the hospital management.
Measures:
Healthcare staff currently use either bleeps or phones when it comes to communication, neither of which are efficient nor particularly effective in a complex, modern healthcare environment, or indirect instant messaging solutions such as SMS or WhatsApp, which are not legally compliant with patient safety and data protection rules.

Hospify is a platform designed to allow healthcare professionals and patients to collaborate and connect using instant and trusted communication across dispersed teams and extended clinical networks and in the process:
  • Produce both time and cost savings for staff
  • Cut through a layer of administration, improving efficiency
  • Reduce reliance on SMS
  • Provide security controls without fear of transgressing EU GDPR requirements
  • Offer an easy interface for staff and patient surveys
  • Capture and store data to help improve patient outcomes by cutting unnecessary appointments and reducing adverse events.
A Budget Impact Analysis was commissioned from Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN by Hospify in order to assess, from the perspective of the healthcare system, the impact of such a communication platform both broadly in terms of costs and benefits and in a second instance, specifies to select pilot sites in a community healthcare setting. As there is no quantified evidence of Hospify working in practice within a community environment, results from external research on instant messaging systems was collected and used to show the potential outcomes.

The NICE budget impact template was used as a starting point to create a model for instant messaging systems and modified accordingly to fit the Hospify analysis. The full study and health economic framework for future studies can be found in the attached Budget Impact Analysis document. Post-funding, Hospify intends to conduct its own quantified study using this framework. The planned pilot site is currently Frimley Park NHS Trust in Surrey, but it would be possible to relocate this to the West Midlands.
Adoption target:
Hospify aims to have 30% of the 131,072 NHS staff in the West Midlands to be using the free version of the app by the end of 2023, with a higher proportion of adoption (51%) among the region’s 18,879 community healthcare staff.
 
Around 10% of these would be anticipated to be using the Hospify desktop app, paid for via the Hospify Hub.
 
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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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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Clinical decision making improved via proactive digital remote monitoring. Together driving cost efficiencies, improving patient outcomes & avoiding hospital admissions. (CE Class 1a: data server sits within HSNC:  proven ¯ 67% admissions: scalable)
Overview of Innovation:
CliniTouch Vie is a digital health solution that reduces unnecessary hospital admissions.
 
CliniTouch Vie is a locked-down tablet with integrated 3G for intensive monitoring, education & empowerment with integrated direct messaging & video support.  Dynamic care plans & evidence-based algorithms enable automatic triage for healthcare teams.  Fast & simple to implement for the most at-risk patients. 
 
Launched in 2016, system is CE marked & MHRA approved. An evidence based digital health platform that clinically supports patients to better manage their condition. It has the flexibility to be adapted for data analytics & clinical decision-making support in chronic disease management (eg COPD, heart failure & diabetes), frailty & assisted discharge programmes for ambulant & non-ambulant patients
 
Clinical & economic evidence has been generated from trials with 300 respiratory patients [Ghosh et al, 2016, https://doi.org/10.12968/bjhc.2016.22.3.123]. Our evidence based digital solution increases patient access to care & promotes greater clinician-patient collaboration for the 15million people with LTCs. It drives timely, proactive intervention, minimising need for more acute costly care enabling sustainable long-term outcomes success
 
USPs:
Evidence based: Study published in the British Journal of HC Management showed 67% reduction in unscheduled COPD admissions & saving of £2,278 per patient pa. (NB: programme continues to deliver same level of savings)
 
Patient-centred: Personalisation of goals, metrics & parameters makes system truly patient centred providing real-time remote monitoring closer to home to improve patient experience & outcomes whilst generating savings
 
Secure & integrated: Data server sits within HSNC enabling it to push-pull data securely between healthcare provider & service users. Includes bespoke integrated secure video-conferencing platform with end-to-end encryption, allowing remote monitoring of medical conditions, improving quality of life & avoiding unnecessary admissions
 
Flexible Modular Architecture: Enables clinically validated question sets re: symptoms, to be easily tailored to specific therapy areas for qualitative data collection
 
Tiered Service: no upfront costs to NHS on PAYG basis:
- Digital platform integrated into existing healthcare pathways
- Light touch triage service informing local health teams of urgent priority patients for interventions
- Fully-Managed digital platform and nurse-led service providing triage & interventions
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 / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
CliniTouch Vie has proven benefits and can be scaled up easily across the wider regions:
  • improved patient outcomes:
  • 67% reduction in COPD emergency admissions;
  • 13% improvement in CAT score
  • 97% of patients using CliniTouch Vie will further reduce distress and discomfort from conditions exacerbations
These were supported by:
  • improved access to healthcare: 24/7 access to healthcare, average 110 interventions per patient per annum (500% increase)
  • targeted and personalised health interventions: 7,250 personalised clinical interventions (data from 66 patients over 12 months)
  • data analytics: real-time clinical dashboards for clinical teams to prioritise patient needs; prioritised only 38% of patient clinical recordings required intervention within a 24-hour period
 

 
Patients are educated and supported to interpret the data to gain an improved understanding of their health status.CliniTouch Vie:
  1. Educates patients: supporting people to make health life choices through improving the understanding of their disease and self-management skills
  2. Enhances care for patients with chronic conditions: informing and engaging patients as part of NHS prevention agenda and creating a patient-provider collaboration
  3. Provides data analytics: making more targeted and personalised health interventions, by using disease specific algorithms to differentiate when one patient’s history or recent environmental exposures indicates a higher likelihood of flare up than another
  4. Improves patient safety: providing real time clinical and well-being data to identify early warning signs of health deterioration, medication adherence and self-management education
  5. Reduces hospital activity: providing real time management of high risk patients to prevent admissions
  6. Supports early discharge: providing hospital level diagnostics and monitoring in the home, enabling early discharge and can be used for remote clinical support post-surgery or in care-home settings
  7. Delivers workload efficiencies: supporting better patient self-management, reducing need for direct interventions and enabling staff to focus on priority patient care
  8. Offers locality wide cost savings: reduced demand leads to reduced NHS activity
 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands priorities that CliniTouch Vie can address are:
  • P2: Long Term Conditions: whole system, person centred approach
  • P4: Wellness, healthy aging and prevention of illness
  • P8: Digital Health
 
Our vision is for CliniTouch Vie to contribute towards and support the West Midlands wider vision to develop a worldwide reputation for delivering healthcare through digital technologies, proven to deliver sustainable improved outcomes and create wealth.  We have already demonstrated that it can deliver on all fronts with high risk COPD patients and is being adopted for Heart Failure, Diabetes, Cancer and Frailty pathways.  With an ageing population, often with co-morbidities, it can be used to support a more patient-centric approach to health care services in the region.
 
CliniTouch Vie supports health and wealth benefits as is a flexible, real-time remote monitoring solution, facilitating earlier discharge, prevent readmissions, reduce risk of future exacerbations and improve self-management through our inbuilt education resources.  CliniTouch Vie delivers a proactive approach to tackling symptoms, preventing exacerbations and slowing health deterioration, resulting in reduced NHS costs.  The system has an extensive data collection of medical, lifestyle, biometric and daily activity.
 
Targeting patients who are at risk or have multiple hospital admissions could significantly reduce the NHS costs to the region as well as freeing up clinic and nurse time to manage a wider caseload more efficiently. With a more collaborative, integrated, patient centred approach, utilising proven remote digital health, the West Midlands could see a potential reduction in admissions by 60%+.
 
CliniTouch Vie is a locked-down tablet, with integrated 3G for intensive monitoring, education and empowerment with integrated direct messaging and video support.  Our dynamic care plans and evidence-based algorithms enable automatic triage for healthcare teams. 
 
The tablet comes in an easy to carry case with the peripherals and can be handed to the patient at home, in clinic or upon discharge and is linked directly to the clinician web-based management portal.  Data within CliniTouch Vie tablet is stored securely within the cloud and hosted on the N3.  This makes CliniTouch Vie easy to scale due to its low technology and estates requirement, whilst delivering a high quality clinical service.
Current and planned activity: 
Current:
Spirit Digital is part of Spirit Health Group and can provide one of the most comprehensive range of solutions to support patients of all ages, IT capabilities & levels of disease severity across a wide range of conditions e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer, frailty.
 
Spirit is establishing research collaborations with academic institutions around evidence generation for AI and machine learning. This includes collaboration on a bid to the European Space Agency to further develop the technology using satellite data.

Planned:
Spirit Digital seeks WMAHSN support ta assist with introductions and marketing of CliniTouch Vie to local CCGs. 
 
Our planned NHS engagement activity programme for the next 12 months will be through a variety of channels:
  • Direct engagement with CCGs and community Trusts
  • Application to Digital Accelerator programme
  • Case study development & sharing
  • Presentations at national conferences
  • Creating user (clinicians & patients) video footage to share with CCGs
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We hold the IP for the technology and digital health algorithms.  We collaborate with Midlands based businesses, healthcare providers and universities and retain all IP for products and services.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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