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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
NHS bed availability is very low which results in patients being placed in other Trusts, sometimes miles away from their home. Latebeds is an online service for sharing bed availability across the NHS and private care providers.
Overview of Innovation:
The original problem brought to Answer Digital Health by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and shared by several, if not all, NHS Trusts is that internal bed availability is very low which results in patients being placed in other Trusts, sometimes miles away from their home making the situation of care difficult for the patient and their families. As well as disruption for patients, it also causes high administration and on-going care costs with external Trusts and private organisations.

The opportunity here is the introduction of the concept system Latebeds. Latebeds is an online service for sharing bed availability within Trusts across the NHS and private care providers.  

The system allows Bed Managers to search for available beds within the care and distance constraints that the patient requires. Following a successful search the Bed Manager can make a request to reserve the bed for their patient.

The idea is to use a simple ‘App’ (a cloud hosted service that could later be integrated into existing systems) across multiple device platforms that lists beds available internally and those available for booking externally. Criteria would allow for different bed types for patients of age, sex or 'tier'. Using Google maps it could have a ‘find a bed’ function that would filter by location (postcode), and the different criteria set.

It could also have the info on beds from private providers if they wished to join in (or we could put it in). Plus we could look later at more functionality (on a ‘Roadmap’) or even integrating it with different systems (eg Paris, RiO etc.).

Sussex Partnership Trust came up with the idea after a competition run by NHS England ‘Code4Health’ team ( A small company in Leeds (called have built a demo App to prove the concept and we are hoping to generate more interest in the idea to form a Community of Interest regionally and nationally.
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Yecco is a fully digital telehealth & telecare self-management platform for monitoring all aspects of a person’s past & real-time health status. Our products also allow environmental monitoring & home automation to enable full remote care & support.
Overview of Innovation:
Yecco brings new & exciting ways of data sharing as the trend moves towards patients managing their health & taking control of their health data.

Our solutions facilitate self-management of chronic conditions & can help to reduce emergency readmissions to hospital. In 2012-13 more than 1 million emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge cost an estimated £2.4 billion.* Yecco can be used to support hospital discharge as it monitors the safety & health of a person living when back in their own home. 

View our video & see how Yecco can support a patient with Diabetes & COPD –

Yecco’s own private, social network allows its patients, health & care professionals to share medical & device information with any connection they wish, enabling consumers, health & care professionals to share real-time medical & device data. It can be used at home, work, care settings, medical & care facilities.

Features include:
  • Share medical data with chosen family, friends & clinicians
  • Ability for another person to manage your profile
  • Create & send group messages & on your timeline
  • Keep a check on your health in real time using the Yecco medical devices or add readings manually
  • Add thresholds to alert chosen connections 
  • Store personal, medical & medication information
  • Built in calendar & reminder support
  • Video to stay in contact/facilitate remote consultations
  • Message facility
  • Task planner
  • Group connection
  • Educational content
  • Response questionnaires    
Yecco medical devices can measure vital signs with accuracy & precision using Bluetooth to automatically connect to an iOS or Android device(s) using the Yecco App for a simple & effortless measurement in real time.

The Yecco multi-function sensor offers power & flexibility that’s not been available before in a home sensor. Paired with the Yecco App & through the use of the Yecco Docking Station it can automatically detect abnormalities in physiological data, alerting chosen connections on the Yecco network.
The multi-function sensor can connect directly to the WIFI network. Features include the ability to activate the camera on the mobile device to investigate alerts.

  • Motion detection
  • Door & window open or closed status
  • Smoke detection
  • Carbon monoxide detection
  • Temperature & humidity
  • Add separately & plug in:
    • Bed occupancy sensing pad
    • Enuresis pad (to detect for moisture in a bed or chair)
    • Rechargeable battery
There is the option to keep a check on your health using the Yecco Wearable Watch.
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 / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Rising demand for services, combined with restricted or reduced funding, is putting pressure on the capacity of local health and social care systems.
The NHS spends around £820 million a year treating older patients who no longer need to be there.
Yecco Pro App
Yecco Pro is a licensed cloud-based interface that enables organisations to remotely monitor multiple patients.
Yecco Pro gives medical professionals multi patient monitoring with real time data for early intervention. Powerful threshold and notification options assist all professionals to give improved patient outcomes and increased safety.

Features include:
  • Receives real time data for early intervention
  • Interface for clinician to patient communication
  • Set thresholds to assist in disease management and early intervention for improved patient outcomes and safety
  • Set alerts / notifications
  • Group patients
  • Filter and create reports (CSV)
  • Video conference calling
This modular platform enables Yecco to add other 3rd party modules or interface to Electronic Patient Record system or data contextualisation platforms that enable intelligent triage and diagnosis across a range of data sources

Yecco's product are currently being used by Surrey and Boarder Partnership testbed that is monitoring the health and wellbeing of patients that have mild o moderate levels of dementia. The aim of the project is to assist clients in monitoring and reduce the burden on front line NHS services. (GP’s appointments, health work home visit and hospital re-admissions). The health and wellbeing reading take form the Yecco devices is being monitor in partnership with the KSSAHSN/University of Surrey. Currently awaiting health economics stats and data from project.
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Initial Review Rating
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Benefit to WM population:
The past few decades have seen significant improvements in life expectancy, however, rising longevity brings increasingly complex & chronic health conditions, placing substantial demands on health & social care services.
At the same time services are experiencing significant financial pressure & need to find ways of lowering costs while maintaining or improving the quality of care provided.
This requires new ways of working in order to meet increasing demand & deliver care that is safe & cost‑effective while reducing reliance on hospital & institutional based care.
Technology can help to support these new ways of working.
When hospital discharge goes wrong it comes at significant cost both to individuals & to the health and social care system. In 2012-13 there were more than 1 million emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge costing an estimated £2.4 billion. Source:

The number of older people in England is increasing rapidly, by 20% between 2004 & 2014 & with a projected increase of 20% over the decade to 2024. Hospitals have also experienced increases in the number of emergency admissions of older patients, by 18% between 2010-11 & 2014-15. Older patients now account for 62% of total bed days spent in hospital.
The relative growth in numbers of older people is important. The number of older people with an emergency admission to hospital increased by 18% between 2010-2011 & 2014-15 (compared with a 12% increase overall).
While NHS spending has grown by 5% in real terms between 2010--11 & 2014-15, local authority spending on adult social care has reduced by 10% in real terms since 2009-10.  Source:
Yecco is an innovative solution that monitors the safety & health of a person living in their own home or in a care setting.  This combined telehealth & telecare solution can enable health & care providers to meet the health & social care needs of individuals in their charge.
By using Yecco technology to monitor if a person is physically safe, for example that they have not left the cooker on or had a fall, as well as critical indicators such as blood pressure or blood oxygen levels to indicate that they are not medically at risk can improve user’s quality of life & reduce long-term health care costs.

Yecco can help to keep people safe in their own home & reduce the number of unnecessary hospital visits, increase confidence in users to manage their own health & alleviate the pressures & concerns of caregivers.
Current and planned activity: 
We wish to work with regional health & care providers & WMAHSN's Patient Safety Collaborative & Care Home Network. We also wish to explore if our technology can be used to support Mental Health Services, possibly to monitor & support patients coming off medication.
Our products are being used by Surrey & Boarder Partnership testbed to monitor the health & wellbeing of patients with mild to moderate levels of dementia. The project's aim is to assist clients in monitoring & reduce the burden on front line NHS services (GP appts, health work home visit & hospital re-admission). The health & wellbeing readings taken from Yecco devices is being monitored in partnership with KSSAHSN/University of Surrey.
We previously demonstrated our products & services to EMAHSN & are currently involved in the Falls Prevention tender (EMAHSN led). Yecco products & services have been purchased by Neath & Port Talbot Borough Council to monitor & support regional LD clients (awaiting deployment date).       
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Yecco has developed its software and applications and retains the IP to this. It also owns IP in some of the hardware products developed in-house (sensors and IoT gateways). Some 3rd party integrated products (such as generic medical devices for vital sign monitoring are not Yecco IP). These products are in the process of being further protected. 

Yecco is currently in use in the NHS England IoT testbed with Surrey and also within other local authorities. Our products comply with the required data model, structure, coding and security requirements that have been dictated. We are also working with established telecare and telehealth organisations where compliance is required / requested to various standards and integration with 3rd party alarm management systems.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Yecco are currently involved in Surrey and boarder partnership NHS foundation trust testbed programme for monitoring patients with mild to moderate dementia. The project is currently ongoing. yecco have requested information relating to the impatch of the project and health economic details. As soon as this information has been published yecco willl add this information into the meridian system 

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
An app, designed by doctors, to promote safe and effective handover both within and between teams. With the inforamtion captured for handoer, clinical leaders can better review and manage patient flow through their team and the wider organisation. 
Overview of Innovation:
Careful is an app designed by clinicians. It helps doctors, nurses and allied health professionals share and protect critical patient information.

At its heart, it answers two pressing questions - who is currently looking after the patient and what is their clinical plan? It uses our Handover® system to keep track of the former and for the latter it provides a job-tracking system, with free-text clinical updates.

It has been designed to be simple, easy to use and mobile-first — so it can replace traditional paper-and-memory handover sheets.

This information, gathered from clinicians at the bedside, provides an exceptionally rich set of data that is currently lost in handover sheets and verbal order, or is buried in notes. By making this accessible, the app provides an overview that allows clinical leaders to review and manage the flow of patients through their team and the wider organisation.

By capturing structured information about actions and patient diagnoses, the system also creates the opportunity for 'clinical coding at the bedside' - a potentially huge cost saving.

Finally, we are developing a patient-centred app to enable patients to access and contribute to their own record and to communicate directly with the teams looking after them.

They will also, in response to the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force in May, have direct oversight of their own record, ensuring that they can identify who has accessed it, and exercise control over who views the information.

We have tested and revised the first version of the system and are now ready to deploy version 2 of the clinician app. This is developed and ready for deployment in 2018. We need further support so that we can ensure that it is refined in response to customer feedback and to add further features. We also need funding for the patients’ app.
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: 
Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The NHS is facing an unprecedented strain on its resources - particularly in secondary care. Many hospitals stuggle with patient flow. The object of this app is to allow doctors, nurses and other team members to share the clincial plan for patients - making the status of patients much more visible and improving the handover of clinical data. It is estimated that in the average 400-bedded trust, as many as 120 patients may be ready for discharge. We aim to improve the visibility of this information.

The cost-savings from effective patient flow managment in secondary care could run into billions, and this app will be a useful tool both to improve trusts' understanding of patients' status and to make handover more effective for the teams involved.
​It will also significantly benefit patients. - We know, from the investigation of serious incidents, that communiation is a prominent factor in around 80% of the thousands of incidents in which patients die each year in hospitals from preventable harm. It is also acknowledged that handover is a time of great risk for the loss of critical information.

The Careful app is designed to improve the communication and handover process between clinicians - and to encourage multidiisciplinary use, where doctors, nurses and other professionals all have access to the same information. We believe that it can save lives - although this will, again, be hard to quantify.

Finaly, the Careful app can help with the transfer of care between organisations. Becasue it is cloud-based, it is 'organisation-agnostic' and can therefore allow the transfer of patient records between organistions as easily as between teams in the same organisation. This is a perennial 'tough nut to crack' - as any clinician will tell you. We belive that the Careful app can do this without the inherent issues found in paper, fax and phonecalls. The cost and patient safety implications of this are significant.
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Benefit to WM population:
Our intention is to use this app with Birmingham Children's Hospital. We have contacts there but have not, as yet, secured an agreement - largely because we have other trusts in Yorkshire and the South East who are further ahead in their adoption.

We would use any money raised through this process to ensure that the app was made available to all hospitals in the West Midlands.
Current and planned activity: 
We have recently finished Version 2 of this app - which has significant information governance and privacy improvments (we have attached our Privacy Impact Assessment for more information). The app has also had a complete overhaul of its user interface (UI). We have also recently completed the status-flow elements of the app, allowing us to provide overivew patient-flow data at the organisation level.

We are testing this in two NHS trusts and two private hospitals in the next 3-6 months. These trials are 'pre-revenue', designed to refine the app before being launched on the wider healthcare market. The outline terms and benefits of this trail are provided in one of the attachments.

We intend to use any further funding to expand our user base to organisaitons that will pay, and to start the devleopment of the patient app.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We own all intellectual property in the form of code and design. We also own the Careful and Handover trademarks in the UK.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Regional Scalability:
Our businss model is based on scalablity. The app runs in the cloud (in a Microsoft Azure implmentation) and allows new organiations to be added with no overhead. Moreover, the design of the app is expressly to allow inter-organisational referrals and information sharing across the normally tight boudnaries between primary/community care and hospitals.

Scaling is 'built-in' to this app.

For the business, the main meausre are user adoption and, of course, revenue. However, for the users themselves, the measurable benefits would depend on their role (see below).

Primarily, however, the financial / cost-benefit is improvement of flowand reduced length of stay

Benefits are: 

1) Juniror doctors - pimarily time-saving
  • Less time ‘polishing the list’
  • More accurate and timely communication about patient jobs and patient status / location 
2) Senior doctors and clinicians - primarily patient safey measures
  • More clarity on the individual patient status
  • No more ‘safari ward rounds’
  • Ability to monitor individual clinician activity
  • With ‘action bundles’ - the ability to standardise care for patients with particular conditions 
3) Site practitioners/Bed managers - time saving and improved flow
  • Less walking-the-floors to determine what is happening to patients
  • Clarity on the status of beds and patients throughout the organisation
  • Faster bed-turnaround times 
4) Finanical / service managers
  • Shorter length-of-stay
  • Higher bed utilisation
  • Patients admitted and discharged more efficiently
5) Information governance leaders
  • Ability to provide granular data to patients, in accordance with the General Directive on Data Protection (GDDP)
  • The ability to control which clinicians see what patient data.
  • No more IG breaches from handover sheets 
6) Coding departments
  • Faster coding - using machine-readable medical input
  • 'Codling at the bedside' in later versions
Adoption target:
As described, we want to use this in Birmingham Children's hospital initially, but we would like to see it adopted in all hopstials in the region.
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A shared decision making tool that helps to organise the psychiatric consultation and empowers the service users with right information to make the right choices.
Overview of Innovation:
John impressed me with occasional sparks of intelligence and wit. When I first saw him in outpatients, he had all too familiar decline in his personality resulting from a severe mental illness.  As a bright young man he was able to secure a place at Oxford for studying history, his long term passion. He was brilliant in his studies but then unfortunately had a gradual decline in studies and in less than one year he had to leave his course.

John appeared hostile in consultations.His mother who supported him in his struggle against voices, delusions and social isolation sat quietly during the appointments, bewildered and confused about what has happened to her very intelligent son.

Despite my best efforts, I could not persuade John to engage in my consultations. He and his mom appeared to be happy with the care but they appeared to have little to ask. The appointments were stereotyped; checking of symptoms, medications, mostly acrimonious debate against continuing treatments and the next appointment.

Once I asked whether they will be interested in few questions which other patients had asked me about their condition. Slightly puzzled as to why a consultant would give them questions to ask (and not answers!), they agreed.  I gave John few questions for each appointment, which either John could explore himself or simply bring them to the next appointment.

Gradually the consultations became more engaging and I could see sparks of brilliance in the questions.John now demanded answers to the questions which became more challenging for me. His mother also asked interesting questions, not merely sitting as spectator. For the first time, I could see the shared decision making in action!

That was the start of QDoc (Questions from doctor). I developed a user friendly mobile application that provides all the questions service users can ask in psychiatric consultation about any aspect of illness. Patients can select appropriate questions for each consultation and also add their own questions or notes. QDoc also has other functions to organise the consultation in most effective way. No more scribbling on pieces of paper and then looking for them in the consultation hurriedly!

I have ideas to develope the utilities and functions in QDoc,making it one of the most powerful tools for shared decision making and self-management. I am keen to collaborate to take this further. QDoc is avialable at Google app store bleow
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Digital health / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Non-attendance at outpatient appointments - known as did not attends (DNA) - has a significant impact on the NHS in terms of cost and increased waiting times. It is estimated that around £360 million per year is lost due to non-attendance of appointments in the NHS as  around 11 per cent of patients fail to attend an outpatient appointment which equates to 5 million appointments a year. The rate of psychiatric DNA is about 19, resulting in even greater losses ( see:
An app that helps to engage the patients in psychiatric consultations will result in higher attendance rates and greater patient satisfaction. This will  reduce DNA rates and will achieve significant savings for NHS. It will also help to reduce the waiting time.
Shared Decision Making is the policy priority for NHS as outlined in Department of Health, London, 2012 document ‘Liberating the NHS: no decision about me, without me’. The aim is to increase patient involvement in decisions about their care. There is abundant evidence from research that informed patients have better engagement with services and higher quality of life. Uninformed patients may not be able to access the voluntary sector organization and other resources which can help them to achieve recovery.
When patients go through the questions, select appropriate questions to be asked for each consultation, this will help to organise the psychiatric consultation in a an effective way. This will enhance their involvement in decision making, understand their treatment better and be an active partner in the treatment process rather than the passive recipients of information. Therefore the shared decision making will become a norm rather than exception in those who use this app.
The QDoc is a simple app, which is available at present for the android platform freely. This can be downloaded easily and can be a cost effective way of reducing costs, improving efficiency, decreasing waste and improving patient outcomes.
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Benefit to WM population:
The innovation has the potential to benefit NHS in west midlands to reduce the waste and improve the efficiency. The West Midlands has a high proportion of people from black and ethnic minority population. There is evidence that people from BME communities have higher incidence of psychosis, a form of severe mental illness. There is also evidence in the literature that the BME population also has lesser engagement with the mental health services and lesser satisfaction from the services. Therefore the innovation will have added benefits for the west Midlands.
The digital technology companies in West Midlands can potentially enhance the value of innovation, thus contributing to the health and wealth in the West Midlands.
Current and planned activity: 
The QDoc has been used in Black Country NHS Foundation Trust. I received excellent feedback from patients and colleagues, who used the application. The present version is a basic app, which has a generic use. I am now considering the upgrades and development of new functionalities in the app, which will enhance the uptake and use of the app. These improvements will enhance the value of the tool and can lead to use for potential for commercial and business purposes.
The security and interoperability with current systems which are in use currently in NHS is a major priority. The tool also has the potential for integration with other self-management and decision making tools. I have been in discussion with service users groups and IT professionals and now working on upgrades. I am also working on a business model that will lead to creating a revenue stream from the tool. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
I own the intellectual property rights
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
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