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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Read&Write is our Productivity and Literacy support software for all. The range of features available in the Read&Write toolbar means that everyone in each organisation can benefit from using to enhance their workplace experience.
Overview of Innovation:
Read&Write can assist all neurodiverse staff with dyslexia, vision impairments, English as a Second Language (ESL), cognitive deficits or low literacy skills to read and understand pieces of text including training manuals, lengthy reports and emails. It can convert text to speech and also allows the user to scan documents which can be read aloud. All documentation can be made into MP3 files creating alternative formats. It has an enhanced spell checker, picture dictionary, word prediction and the ability to identify homophone errors such as their/there. Read&Write also has a research tool which allows the user to collect information from various sites/sources and create a report with full Harvard bibliography.
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':
BrowseAloud is our online accessibility tool which makes website content practically accessible for people with a variety of Neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, low literacy, English as a second language and visual/cognitive impairments.
Overview of Innovation:
BrowseAloud is a simple piece of Javascript code that is placed within the CMS of a URL. Once we activate that URL in our system, the BrowseAloud toolbar will appear and be usable within an hour or two. The end user can easily adjust the settings of the toolbar features for their own requirements, such as reading speed, screen mask colour etc. It works on most CMS systems such as Wordpress and is also available in a condensed version for mobile phone usage, which provides Text to speech and Translation support. The actual customer of BrowseAloud will be given access to the BrowseAloud customer portal in which they can determine various things such as where BrowseAloud sits on their site and how it appears to the end user, as well as a number of other things.
It contains a range of features. There are two options for Text-to-speech, “hover to speak” mode means that the software will read the sentence of paragraph that the mouse cursor is hovering over, whereas “Speak the current selection” will read a selected or highlighted section of text. The text is also Highlighted in Yellow and blue contrast, to aid people with dyslexia and also with tracking issues. You can translate the webpage content into over 100 different languages, 40 of these languages have an accompanying voice and therefore the content can actually be read aloud in those languages as well, providing really strong support for people with English as a second language. MP3 Maker easily converts the written text into Audio format so the user can listen to the information at a later date instead of having to spend the time reading it. The Digital Screen mask feature helps with visual impairments, low vision and visual stress, you can even enter a RGB code for a specific colour tint that works for you. The Screen mask feature is very customisable, really benefiting the end user as best as possible. Text Magnifier enlarges the Text across the top of the screen in a sort of Karaoke style banner that also allows reads the text out loud and highlights it in the yellow and blue contrast, great for the elderly population and those with low vision. Simplify provides a means of helping those that struggle with cognitive load issues. Enabling them to make text heavy or image heavy web pages much cleaner. With Simplify, the user can strip back any images and get a concise summary of what that webpage is trying to get across, without changing or creating any new information itself.
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: 
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:
BrowseAloud can benefit NHS organisations in various ways. It can help Trusts to meet their AIS requirements and other web accessibility requirements such as the EU Web accessibility directive.
However BrowseAlouds features can also have great cost saving benefits for the NHS. For example, BrowseAlouds translation ability means that Health information providers can save money on third party translation services and the fact that it works in online PDF files means that Trusts that provide online versions of their patient information leaflets are totally covered for their diverse patient population (In our experience, Trusts have in some cases paid between £500 and £1,000 to have a single document translated by a third party). As well as this there is also the ability to save on third party audio generation and communicate via MP3 audio files with patients, the MP3 maker easily converts the information into audio format, so patients who prefer audio format or with a visual impairment or low vision, may listen to the information instead of reading it.
Furthermore, implementing BrowseAloud onto the website can help Trusts gain a favourable CQC rating and we also have the ISO-27001 certificate for information and data security meaning that we comply with the highest standards and are a safe company to work with.
 
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Benefit to WM population:
BrowseAloud can help support the West Midlands as its features and benefits can benefit the entire regions population to gain access to their health information in alternative accessible formats. The West Midlands is made up of large and culturally diverse cities such as Birmingham but also has a wide geographical reach with plenty of rural and more isolated areas. BrowseAloud can cater for the large populations of the cities with its translation functionality but can also care for those harder to reach patients that are more remote by providing them with more alternative and accessible formats for consuming their health information.
Current and planned activity: 
Currently engage with the NHS through events, webinars and campaigns, but also by reaching out to the communications departments within each organisation in order to arrange a meeting for a demo and a presentation with the wider board of decision makers.
Immediate plans are to host a Health literacy webinar in October, to attend the Excellence in Healthcare event in November and to focus on contacting the GDE’s and the Fast Followers.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All IP is wholly owned by Texthelp Ltd
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
OrthOracleTM – Multidisciplinary on-line orthopaedic educational resource for clinicians, industry, academia and patients
Overview of Innovation:
The training of surgical specialities in the UK has both shortened and is less intense due to the combined effects of a restructured medical training and the European working time directive.
As these influences have been felt over the last decade the resources available to educate both surgeons and the medical workforce have not evolved to account for them. There is far greater requirement to demonstrate continuing education.
 
Allied with this are increased expectations from patients both in terms of their outcomes and level of information available to them to assist in making more informed choices about their healthcare. Increased professional regulation and a requirement to annually demonstrate appropriate levels of professional supporting activities are also areas where a high quality resource delivering validated CPD outcomes has huge potential.
 
Surgery is an inherently visual discipline and the optimal demonstration of its techniques requires the clear illustration of human anatomy as well as it’s adjustment. Existing educational resources do not reflect the interdisciplinary nature of orthopaedic practice nor provide the range or quality of material that is required today.
 
Each Atlas will document the management of a patient from initial assessment through to surgery and then to rehabilitation. Surgical procedures are detailed with high definition images and commentary provided by a Board of senior Consultant Surgeons. Implant technologies for each procedure link directly to industry information.
 
Data is managed to allow different website front ends to be displayed for differing  members of the wider healthcare team and patients. The rich data will support the future development of simulation tools.
 
Boards meet regularly to review new procedures, best practice, patient safety and guidance, medical technologies and research.
 
OrthOracle is not just a digitised text book; it is an interactive web based resource, written by practicing clinicians bringing together the best in clinical practice and orthopaedic technologies covering the entire treatment pathway and facilitates collaboration between clinical, academic and industry sectors leading to improved patient outcomes.

www.footsurgeryatlas.com

The OrthOracle concept has been tested via an early version of The Foot Surgery Atlas, launched in 2007 which, despite no advertising, regularly received over 55,000 hits per month 
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:
OrthOracle directly support NHS workforce development .
 
The content of OrthOracle is produced by a Board senior practicing surgeons and healthcare professionals working within the NHS and private sector, helping to promote and disseminate best practice in all aspects of the healthcare journey.
 
The management of workforce issues such as CPD and revalidation are assisted by the provision of approved and certified educational materials ((ongoing discussions with Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in partnership with Birmingham office and other Healthcare , Allied Healthcare regulators and bodies)).
 
A planned secure clinician and patient specific interface for real-time outcome monitoring will assist with safe and optimal patient management.
 
Patient focussed information on their operation, rehabilitation and consent will enable patients to be better informed and prepared for their treatment. This will involve the patient more actively in the process leading to more efficient use of resources and with the aim of improved outcomes.
 
The availability of such a dynamic educational resource 24/7 facilitates training provision, is cost effective and ensures knowledge of procedures is up to date thus ensuring a better informed workforce with improved patient outcomes at all levels of professional practice.
 
Collaboration with QEH Clinical Photography department in developing advanced image capture technologies and protocols.
 
Board meetings regularly bring together NHS clinical consultant with industry to facilitate dialogue on implant development with potential commercial and research spin off benefits for the NHS.
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Benefit to WM population:
OrthOracle has a global reach. Based in Birmingham with planned events within the Region, supports the Region’s international profile providing a showcase for academic, clinical and industrial skills creating opportunities for the development of new clinical skills, training and product development.
 
It is envisaged that the editors in chief of the 5 additional Surgical Atlas’ (hip, knee, shoulder, spine, hand & wrist) will be recruited from West Midlands Trusts. A number of the additional 25 contributing editors will also be from West Midlands Trusts.

In addition, project support and administrative staff will be sourced locally from within the region.
  • 6 speciality Boards meeting 3 times per year to be held regularly in West Midlands
  • Unique opportunity for industry to gain regular feedback from Consultant Surgeons
  • Potential for creating global opportunities for West Midlands organisations in new product development, research and training.
  • The multidisciplinary scope of OrthOracle and its high profile internationally active Editorial Boards support the hosting of an annual Digital Orthopaedics Conference which we hope will be based here in the region.
  • In consultation to directly support the proposed Medical Technologies assessment hub
  • OrthOracle creates a global clinical research nexus and hosting opportunity for surgical training, virtual and augmented reality training products and facilities
  • It will also provide Human Factors, User Experience design and multidisciplinary healthcare integration building upon existing world class regional strengths
  • Opportunities for the development and delivery of medical related educational programmes and CPD modules via regional organisations, in association with professional bodies, Royal Colleges and regulating authorities.
  • OrthOracle will immediately create new jobs and support existing employment locally; growing rapidly as additional Surgical Atlas’ and content develops.
  • Look to Developing a global training focus on Orthopaedics here in the West Midlands, building from the position the region has held for many decades in orthopaedics expertise.
 
NOTE: This training platform has the ability to cover a wide range of surgical fields – following the success of Foot & Ankle we will be developing other orthopaedic areas as well as inviting other renowned surgeons to develop their own speciality areas from this foundation.
Current and planned activity: 
Editorial teams members provide Consultant medical services directly and indirectly to the NHS across numerous regions.
 
Clinical photography services of QEH will provide all OrthOracle photography services and project represents a FTE dedicated post. These services are currently being used for the Foot Surgery Atlas.

Planned activities
  • Engage with Health Education England re: workforce development.
  • Seek  Regional surgeons to join Editorial Boards
  • Continue discussions with RCS (Ed) & other AHP bodies, specialist groups and regulating authorities re: partnership, accreditation and CPD
  • Establish a project office
  • Develop a robust marketing strategy/plan
  • Develop sustainable business development strategy/plan
  • Seek Regional participants to assist in evaluating and developing the training delivery process
  • Undertake scoping study re: surgical simulation and augmented realitywith University of Birmingham Prof. Alan Wing & Prof Bob Stone 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
OrthOracleTM is a registered Trademark
 
All images in each Surgical Atlas are digitally watermarked and site content monitored to protect from unlicensed data stripping.
 
A policy relating to patient photographs and IP issues applying to all Editorial Board members’ organisations is currently being finalised.
 
A specialist IP legal advisor is retained by Surgical Armoury Ltd to manage should an IP issues arise from the OrthOracleTM project.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
The individual Atlas’ within the OrthOracle and supporting information/services are delivered on-line and so availability is worldwide and at scale.

Additional Orthopaedic surgical specialities will be rolled out as soon as editorial boards are in place using the same procedure capture format. Current plans are for Hip, Knee and Shoulder sections to be undertaken this year as Editors in Chiefs have been identified and are all prominent West Midlands Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Where possible all contributors and service providers will be sourced from within the West Midlands and the project administration centre will be based in Birmingham. There is a pressing need for a Chinese language version and discussions have been held with the head of the West Midlands Chinese business community who is very keen to support the project and a regionally based specialist medical translation service has been identified.
Measures:
Detailed tracking of website visit statistics will be undertaken and the number and nature of individual visits will be captured and reviewed. Page specific statistics will be interrogated to establish where the page/site design can be refined. Log in data will be collected and generates geographic, organisational, professional and demographic data of the user population. Additional information will be directed to specific groups as appropriate.

Several areas of the site, such as general surgical images and data will be available as a Freemium service, however a stratified subscription model is currently being developed for individual and organisational users who wish to access the wealth of supporting information and services such as the ability to create individual and annotated versions of specific procedures, clinical administration documentation such as patient consent forms, patient guides, access to  research/evidence database, CPD content.

The provision of quality accredited CPD material is a core deliverable of OrthOracle and advanced discussions with The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) are ongoing with their President, CEO and Head of Education. The College is keen to support this project from their Birmingham offices. Other accreditation and provider bodies have been identified and approached.

A user friendly CPD portal will be created to record individual user CPD in accordance with Professional/regulatory body requirements for audit and revalidation. Each surgical procedure includes specific CPD modules set by the procedure’s submitting surgeon. Individual user access times and interactions can be recorded to facilitate site usage and page viewing metrics.

This education and training platform will be further developed through the development of associated virtual and augmented reality simulators linked to OrthOracle content (Regional partners for the development of these have been identified e.g. Profs Bob Stone and Alan Wing – Bham. Uni)
Adoption target:
Conservative business model assumes global (not WM) registered members numbering 10,000 year 1, 50,000 year 2 & 100-200,000 year 3 (Orig. Atlas had 50,000 users/mth by 2015 without promotion)

Assuming 20% take up by registered users of one or more of the pay-for services Atlas will be viable midpoint year 2

RCS(Ed) promotion to members not inc
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
OrthOracle is a multidisciplinary on-line resource comprising a suite of Surgical Atlas’ delivering high definition image based Orthopaedic surgical techniques and educational content for Clinicians, Industry, Academia and Patients
Overview of Innovation:
The training of surgical specialities in the UK has both shortened and is less intense due to the combined effects of a restructured medical training and the European working time directive.
As these influences have been felt over the last decade the resources available to educate both surgeons and the medical workforce have not evolved to account for them. There is far greater requirement to demonstrate continuing education.
 
Allied with this are increased expectations from patients both in terms of their outcomes and level of information available to them to assist in making more informed choices about their healthcare. Increased professional regulation and a requirement to annually demonstrate appropriate levels of professional supporting activities are also areas where a high quality resource delivering validated CPD outcomes has huge potential.
 
Surgery is an inherently visual discipline and the optimal demonstration of its techniques requires the clear illustration of human anatomy as well as it’s adjustment. Existing educational resources do not reflect the interdisciplinary nature of orthopaedic practice nor provide the range or quality of material that is required today.
 
Each Atlas will document the management of a patient from initial assessment through to surgery and then to rehabilitation. Surgical procedures are detailed with high definition images and commentary provided by a Board of senior Consultant Surgeons. Implant technologies for each procedure link directly to industry information.
 
Data is managed to allow different website front ends to be displayed for differing  members of the wider healthcare team and patients. The rich data will support the future development of simulation tools.
 
Boards meet regularly to review new procedures, best practice, patient safety and guidance, medical technologies and research.
 
OrthOracle is not just a digitised text book; it is an interactive web based resource, written by practicing clinicians bringing together the best in clinical practice and orthopaedic technologies covering the entire treatment pathway and facilitates collaboration between clinical, academic and industry sectors leading to improved patient outcomes.

www.footsurgeryatlas.com

The OrthOracle concept has been tested via an early version of The Foot Surgery Atlas, launched in 2007 which, despite no advertising, regularly received over 55,000 hits per month 
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: 
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:
OrthOracle directly support NHS workforce development .
 
The content of OrthOracle is produced by a Board senior practicing surgeons and healthcare professionals, helping to promote and disseminate best practice in all aspects of the healthcare journey.
 
The management of workforce issues such as CPD and revalidation are assisted by the provision of approved and certified educational materials ((ongoing discussions with Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and other Healthcare regulators and bodies)).
 
A planned secure clinician and patient specific interface for real-time outcome monitoring will assist with safe and optimal patient management.
 
Patient focussed information on their operation, rehabilitation and consent will enable patients to be better informed and prepared for their treatment. This will involve the patient more actively in the process leading to more efficient use of resources and with the aim of improved outcomes.
 
The availability of such a dynamic educational resource 24/7 facilitates training provision, is cost effective and ensures knowledge of procedures is up to date thus ensuring a better informed workforce with improved patient outcomes at all levels of professional practice.
 
Collaboration with QEH Clinical Photography department in developing advanced image capture technologies and protocols.
 
Board meetings regularly bring together NHS clinical consultant with industry to facilitate dialogue on implant development with potential commercial and research spin off benefits for the NHS.
Online Discussion Rating
6.00 (3 ratings)
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
OrthOracle has a global reach. Based in Birmingham with planned events within the Region, supports the Region’s international profile providing a showcase for academic, clinical and industrial skills creating opportunities for the development of new clinical skills, training and product development.
 
It is envisaged that the editors in chief of the 5 additional Surgical Atlas’ (hip, knee, shoulder, spine, hand & wrist) will be recruited from West Midlands Trusts. A number of the additional 25 contributing editors will also be from West Midlands Trusts.
 
  • 6 speciality Boards meeting 3 times per year to be held regularly in West Midlands
  • Unique opportunity for industry to gain regular feedback from Consultant Surgeons
  • Potential for creating global opportunities for West Midlands organisations in new product development, research and training.
  • The multidisciplinary scope of OrthOracle and its high profile internationally active Editorial Boards support the hosting of an annual Digital Orthopaedics Conference which we hope will be based here in the region.
  • In consultation to directly support the proposed Medical Technologies assessment hub
  • OrthOracle creates a global clinical research nexus and hosting opportunity for surgical training, virtual and augmented reality training products and facilities
  • It will also provide Human Factors, User Experience design and multidisciplinary healthcare integration building upon existing world class regional strengths
  • Opportunities for the development and delivery of medical related educational programmes and CPD modules via regional organisations, in association with professional bodies, Royal Colleges and regulating authorities.
  • OrthOracle will immediately create new jobs and support existing employment locally; growing rapidly as additional Surgical Atlas’ and content develops.
  • Look to Developing a global training focus on Orthopaedics here in the West Midlands, building from the position the region has held for many decades in orthopaedics expertise.
 
NOTE: This training platform has the ability to cover a wide range of surgical fields – following the success of Foot & Ankle we will be developing other orthopaedic areas as well as inviting other renowned surgeons to develop their own speciality areas from this foundation.
Current and planned activity: 
Editorial teams members provide Consultant medical services directly and indirectly to the NHS across numerous regions.
 
Clinical photography services of QEH will provide all OrthOracle photography services and project represents a FTE dedicated post. These services are currently being used for the Foot Surgery Atlas.

Planned activities
  • Engage with Health Education England re: workforce development.
  • Seek  Regional surgeons to join Editorial Boards
  • Continue discussions with RCS (Ed) & other AHP bodies, specialist groups and regulating authorities re: partnership, accreditation and CPD
  • Establish a project office
  • Develop a robust marketing strategy/plan
  • Develop sustainable business development strategy/plan
  • Seek Regional participants to assist in evaluating and developing the training delivery process
  • Undertake scoping study re: surgical simulation and augmented reality 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
OrthOracleTM is a registered Trademark
 
All images in each Surgical Atlas are digitally watermarked and site content monitored to protect from unlicensed data stripping.
 
A policy relating to patient photographs and IP issues applying to all Editorial Board members’ organisations is currently being finalised.
 
A specialist IP legal advisor is retained by Surgical Armoury Ltd to manage should an IP issues arise from the OrthOracle project.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
The individual Atlas’ within the OrthOracle and supporting information/services are delivered on-line and so availability is worldwide and at scale.
Additional Orthopaedic surgical specialities will be rolled out as soon as editorial boards are in place using the same procedure capture format. Current plans are for Hip, Knee and Shoulder sections to be undertaken this year as Editors in Chiefs have been identified and are all prominent West Midlands Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Where possible all contributors and service providers will be sourced from within the West Midlands and the project administration centre will be based in Birmingham. There is a pressing need for a Chinese language version and discussions have been held with the head of the West Midlands Chinese business community who is very keen to support the project and a regionally based specialist medical translation service has been identified. 
Measures:
Detailed tracking of website visit statistics will be undertaken and the number and nature of individual visits will be captured and reviewed. Page specific statistics will be interrogated to establish where the page/site design can be refined. Log in data will be collected and generates geographic, organisational, professional and demographic data of the user population. Additional information will be directed to specific groups as appropriate.
Several areas of the site, such as general surgical images and data will be available as a Freemium service, however a stratified subscription model is currently being developed for individual and organisational users who wish to access the wealth of supporting information and services such as the ability to create individual and annotated versions of specific procedures, clinical administration documentation such as patient consent forms, patient guides, access to  research/evidence database, CPD content.
The provision of quality accredited CPD material is a core deliverable of OrthOracle and advanced discussions with The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) are ongoing with their President, CEO and Head of Education. The College is keen to support this project from their Birmingham offices. Other accreditation and provider bodies have been identified and approached.
A user friendly CPD portal will be created to record individual user CPD in accordance with Professional/regulatory body requirements for audit and revalidation. Each surgical procedure includes specific CPD modules set by the procedure’s submitting surgeon. Individual user access times and interactions can be recorded to facilitate site usage and page viewing metrics.
This education and training platform will be further developed through the development of associated virtual and augmented reality simulators linked to the OrthOracle content (West Midlands partners for the development of these have been identified e.g. Profs Bob Stone and Alan Wing – Bham. Uni)
Adoption target:
Conservative business model assumes global (not WM) registered members numbering 10,000 year 1, 50,000 year 2 & 100-200,000 year 3 (Orig. Atlas had 50,000 users/mth by 2015 without promotion)
Assuming 20% take up by registered users of one or more of the pay-for services the Atlas will be viable midpoint year 2
RCS(Ed) promotion to members not inc
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