Meeting Centres: a community driven, evidence-based and co-designed support programme for people affected by dementia (#3033)

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Meeting Centres are a local community driven, evidence based resource for people with dementia and family carers. enabling people and families affected by dementia to build resilience for the longer-term.
Overview of Innovation:
Meeting Centres were first developed in the Netherlands 25 years ago. Currently, there are 150 Dutch centres with a national network that local groups can utilise. There is good evidence both from Dutch research and recent UK research (www.meetingdem.eu) that people attending Meeting Centres experience better self-esteem, greater feelings of happiness and sense of belonging than those who don’t attend. Recently completed translational research to implement Meeting Centres in the UK, Italy and Poland led to two successful Meeting Centre demonstrator sites being set up in the West Midlands: Leominster in Herefordshire and Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire. A new grant from National Lottery provides the opportunity to support new Meeting Centres and we are looking for people to set up new Meeting Centres.

The Dutch have a well-developed community process for developing new Meeting Centres that engages all local stakeholders in both the local development and longer-term implementation thus promoting local community engagement across health, social care and community groups.
At the heart of each Meeting Centre is a social club where people meet to have fun, talk to others and get help that focusses on what they need. A team of staff and volunteers trained in the Meeting Centre ethos provide an enjoyable and flexible programme for both the person with dementia and their family carers. The social clubs meet 3 days per week for 15 to 20 members per day. Family carers get assistance with practical and emotional issues, as well as being able to contribute to social club activities. This can all help reduce social isolation and build resilience.

All activities are designed to help people adapt to the challenges that living with dementia can bring. This involves a chance to get together socially, to be creative, to get active and to share lunch. Everyone brings their skills and talents to the Meeting Centre and the programme is driven by what people want to do. People attend as little or as often as they need.

A diagnosis of dementia is a huge challenge to come to terms with. If people make good emotional, social and practical adjustment to dementia following diagnosis, then it is likely that they will experience fewer distressing symptoms later and will be able to live at home for longer with a better quality of life for them and their families.
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':
Reduce bed blocking and improve ward care by enabling ward access to digital data upon admission of personal knowledge of the patient including This Is Me, My Passport and Risk data, and assist with step down process and therapy.
Overview of Innovation:
ReMe supports dementia, older people, carers and families and accompanies the person across their care journey. ReMe was trialled and co-produced by dom care, care homes and in wards.

A new breed, we’ve christened ReMe ‘Activity Based’ software, to differentiate from care planning. For patient knowledge and the ability to enhance care comes from activities, not data input. By using algorithms to source bespoke internet images, music and videos and define a profile it’s possible to deliver more person-centred care. At ReMe’s core are activity tools that learn about the person, such as reminiscence and cognitive therapy, and enable discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests and connects with a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.

Around this person-centred care core are business tools each care sector’s needs. Therefore, ReMe achieves an ROI by assisting in client acquisition, care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation, scheduling and data collation, whilst providing family and admin reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy.

For care in the community, ReMe’s free with premium subscriber services. With self-management, connectivity, entertainment and activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens family links and tackles agitation, depression and isolation, becoming a highly-personalised resource and recourse.

ReMe is used currently in the following care sectors.
  • For dom care, ReMe improves care, client engagement, reports and generates extra revenue through selling extra hours based on a wellbeing and family connected value added service.
  • For care homes, ReMe helps families engage in the care process, carers use tablets productively, reduces paper and enhances activities, therapy and reporting. ReMe improves care and saves money.
  • For hospitals, ReMe is a low-cost means to better know the patient; that improves admission, through digital connection to the care home and dom carer providing access to knowledge of the patients’ ‘day before’ care profile. ReMe enhances person centred care, patient wellbeing, reporting and stepdown.
ReMe is easily adopted with no legacy software or training needs.
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 / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
RemindMeCare (ReMe) delivers savings for the NHS through its care in the community self-management functionality reducing admissions, an improved admissions process (i.e. Digital This Is Me, Risk and My Health Passport), enhanced in-ward care, reduced medication and more informed step down.

ReMe provides connectivity with care homes, domiciliary care, day care centres and families, and enables better knowledge of the person to be used in person-centred care delivery.

Continuity of bespoke, tech advanced activities and therapies, that enhance patient wellbeing, engagement, person centred care and acute dementia care, generate improved patient outcomes, reduced agitation, medication and drugs costs, as well as better informed step down and earlier discharge.

Increased availability of personal and risk data reduces risk (and possibly litigation), resort to medication and wellbeing decline, so ReMe aims to reduce bed days.

ReMe supports improved family visits and overnight stays through the provision of familiar content and entertainment.

Automatic care activities recording, for CQC/admin reporting and research is available.

Evidence of value is shown only by the demand and positive feedback received from care homes, LA’s, hospitals and families nationwide but will be formalised shortly.

ReMe addresses the Next Steps NHS Five Year Forward View; by reducing A&E/GP visits, making patients information available to clinicians; enabling prescribing apps to help people manage their own health, addressing loneliness and aiding carer respite and assisting LA requirements regarding services provision and monitoring.
 
We’re pioneering this connected care approach in conjunction with SWLCC 5-year strategy, focussing on care quality, safety and cost savings, addressing the defined challenges of avoiding hospital admission, supporting ‘Community services to meet the highest standards and working more closely with primary care, mental health, acute hospital services and social care’. Our participation in the Better Care funded Croydon APA project defines ReMe’s role in the budget shift from hospitals to the integration of health and social care, through the coordination of care. Critically, ReMe addresses recommendations by NICE to focus on person centred and family care support through engaging consumers with a user-friendly product that promotes self-management of illness including long term conditions.
Online Discussion Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
RemindMeCare delivers support for older people and people with dementia, their carers and families and which is portable and usable by their carers, from home to domiciliary, live-in, day care, residential and ward care. ReMe was developed with people in the NHS and trialled in wards and care homes.

ReMe is a new breed we’ve christened ‘Activity Based’ software to differentiate itself from care planning software. For knowledge of the person and the ability to enhance care is derived from activity provision, not from data input.
By providing self-management tools and engaging activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens links with family and tackles agitation, depression and isolation. ReMe becomes a daily highly personalised resource and recourse for those people involved in care.

ReMe’s suite of person-centred care algorithm based activity tools enhance care and are the constant core across all care sectors, and continually learn about the person wherever they may be. ReMe’s the only system that offers bespoke reminiscence and cognitive therapy by sourcing images, music and videos that are unique to the user and so enables discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests with carers and a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.

Wrapped around this person-centred care core are business tools that address the needs of each care sector encountered by the person, including those common to all such as CQC reporting and family engagement.
RemindMeCare goes further, achieving an ROI for care businesses and wards by assisting in care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation/scheduling/planning and data collation, whilst providing family, admin and regulatory body reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy for whichever care sector at any time is caring for the person. For the ward, ReMe offers access to the vital knowledge of ‘the day before’ care profile of the admitted patient and the benefits that enhanced person centred care can deliver.

Usable on any platform and with encrypted data, ico compliance (G Cloud pending), ReMe has addressed information governance and digital security.

Please view videos (https://www.remindmecare.com/business/ward/ )
Current and planned activity: 
ReMeApp: self-management care tools that assist maintain care in the community, improve the ability of carers to deliver bespoke care and connect the person with their care circle and with their community; to reduce resort to GP and A&E through enhanced care circle engagement. Dementia care training is included and partnerships with Dementia Pathfinders and Worcester University will be extended achieve delivery.

ReMeData: Integration with Care Planning systems; ie with patient’s systems (such as CMC) and others as required.ReMeGP: GP Connectivity. Through remote connectivity tools GP’s can remain engaged, be better informed but on a remote basis. The intended result is less resort to disturbing surgery visits. GP connectivity will be release in 2018.

ReMeComm: self-management care tools for those cared for in the community, that match the person cared for with local community activities (A partnership pending with Worcester University, CarersUK, MeetingDem and others.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We are the sole owners of our IP
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Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Reduce bedblocking and improve ward care by enabling ward access to digital data upon admission of personal knowledge of the patient including This Is Me, My Passport and Risk data, and assist with stepdown process and therapy
Overview of Innovation:
ReMe supports dementia, older people, carers and families and accompanies the person across their care journey. ReMe was trialled and co-produced by dom care, care homes and in wards.
A new breed, we’ve christened ReMe ‘Activity Based’ software, to differentiate from care planning. For patient knowledge and the ability to enhance care comes from activities, not data input. By using algorithms to source bespoke internet images, music and videos and define a profile it’s possible to deliver more person-centred care. At ReMe’s core are activity tools that learn about the person, such as reminiscence and cognitive therapy, and enable discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests and connects with a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.
Around this person-centred care core are business tools each care sector’s needs. Therefore, ReMe achieves an ROI by assisting in client acquisition, care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation, scheduling and data collation, whilst providing family and admin reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy.
For care in the community, ReMe’s free with premium subscriber services. With self-management, connectivity, entertainment and activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens family links and tackles agitation, depression and isolation, becoming a highly-personalised resource and recourse.
ReMe is used currently in the following care sectors.
For dom care, ReMe improves care, client engagement, reports and generates extra revenue through selling extra hours based on a wellbeing and family connected value added service.
For care homes, ReMe helps families engage in the care process, carers use tablets productively, reduces paper and enhances activities, therapy and reporting. ReMe improves care and saves money.
For hospitals, ReMe is a low-cost means to better know the patient; that improves admission, through digital connection to the care home and dom carer providing access to knowledge of the patients’ ‘day before’ care profile. ReMe enhances person centred care, patient wellbeing, reporting and stepdown.
ReMe is easily adopted with no legacy software or training needs.
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 / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
RemindMeCare (ReMe) delivers savings for the NHS through its care in the community self-management functionality reducing admissions, an improved admissions process (i.e. Digital This Is Me, Risk and My Health Passport), enhanced in-ward care, reduced medication and more informed step down.
 
ReMe provides connectivity with care homes, domiciliary care, day care centres and families, and enables better knowledge of the person to be used in person-centred care delivery.
 
Continuity of bespoke, tech advanced activities and therapies, that enhance patient wellbeing, engagement, person centred care and acute dementia care, generate improved patient outcomes, reduced agitation, medication and drugs costs, as well as better informed step down and earlier discharge.
 
Increased availability of personal and risk data reduces risk (and possibly litigation), resort to medication and wellbeing decline, so ReMe aims to reduce bed days.
 
ReMe supports improved family visits and overnight stays through the provision of familiar content and entertainment.
 
Automatic care activities recording, for CQC/admin reporting and research is available.
 
Evidence of value is shown only by the demand and positive feedback received from care homes, LA’s, hospitals and families nationwide but will be formalised shortly.
 
ReMe addresses the Next Steps NHS Five Year Forward View; by reducing A&E/GP visits, making patients information available to clinicians; enabling prescribing apps to help people manage their own health, addressing loneliness and aiding carer respite and assisting LA requirements regarding services provision and monitoring.
 
We’re pioneering this connected care approach in conjunction with SWLCC 5-year strategy, focussing on care quality, safety and cost savings, addressing the defined challenges of avoiding hospital admission, supporting ‘Community services to meet the highest standards and working more closely with primary care, mental health, acute hospital services and social care’. Our participation in the Better Care funded Croydon APA project defines ReMe’s role in the budget shift from hospitals to the integration of health and social care, through the coordination of care. Critically, ReMe addresses recommendations by NICE to focus on person centred and family care support through engaging consumers with a user-friendly product that promotes self-management of illness including long term conditions.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
RemindMeCare delivers support for older people and people with dementia, their carers and families and which is portable and usable by their carers, from home to domiciliary, live-in, day care, residential and ward care. ReMe was developed with people in the NHS and trialled in wards and care homes.
ReMe is a new breed we’ve christened ‘Activity Based’ software to differentiate itself from care planning software. For knowledge of the person and the ability to enhance care is derived from activity provision, not from data input.
By providing self-management tools and engaging activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens links with family and tackles agitation, depression and isolation. ReMe becomes a daily highly personalised resource and recourse for those people involved in care.
ReMe’s suite of person-centred care algorithm based activity tools enhance care and are the constant core across all care sectors, and continually learn about the person wherever they may be. ReMe’s the only system that offers bespoke reminiscence and cognitive therapy by sourcing images, music and videos that are unique to the user and so enables discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests with carers and a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.
Wrapped around this person-centred care core are business tools that address the needs of each care sector encountered by the person, including those common to all such as CQC reporting and family engagement.
RemindMeCare goes further, achieving an ROI for care businesses and wards by assisting in care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation/scheduling/planning and data collation, whilst providing family, admin and regulatory body reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy for whichever care sector at any time is caring for the person. For the ward, ReMe offers access to the vital knowledge of ‘the day before’ care profile of the admitted patient and the benefits that enhanced person centred care can deliver.
Usable on any platform and with encrypted data, ico compliance (G Cloud pending), ReMe has addressed information governance and digital security.
Please view videos (https://www.remindmecare.com/business/ward/ )
Current and planned activity: 
ReMeApp: self-management care tools that assist maintain care in the community, improve the ability of carers to deliver bespoke care and connect the person with their care circle and with their community; to reduce resort to GP and A&E through enhanced care circle engagement. Dementia care training is included and partnerships with Dementia Pathfinders and Worcester University will be extended achieve delivery.
ReMeData: Integration with Care Planning systems; ie with patient’s systems (such as CMC) and others as required.ReMeGP:  GP Connectivity. Through remote connectivity tools GP’s can remain engaged, be better informed but on a remote basis. The intended result is less resort to disturbing surgery visits. GP connectivity will be release in 2018.
ReMeComm: self-management care tools for those cared for in the community, that match the person cared for with local community activities (A partnership pending with Worcester University, CarersUK, MeetingDem and others. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We are the sole owners of our IP
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Prompt is a back up memory app and web dashboard to help people with daily difficulty recalling essential information about people, places and events.
Overview of Innovation:
Prompt emulates the way memory works by collating personal context about people, places and events. It aims to manitain confidence and independence for people living with impaired memories, due to conditions such as early dementia, mild cognitive impairment or recovering from stroke, brain injury or chemotherapy. An app provides help in the hand by embedding images and contextual information in reminders as well as making it available through natural language search. A web dashboard is available for family, friends and carers to help manage content, send reminders and messages. Analytics track user behaviour and send alerts if change is detected. The system will also use personal data to surface useful information, such as reminders of regular events, even if they're not in the diary as well as offering support with current location and why a user might be at that place. Future panned developments include complete voice interaction and integration with sensors.

Prompt has been developed in consultation with clinicians, people living with dementia, recovering from stroke and brain injury and their families. Research has been supported by Alzheimer's Society, Headway and the Child Brain Injury Trust. Development has been supported by Nominet Trust, UnLtd and Innovate UK. The company has also recently completed the Health Social Innovators accelerator programme and recently won a european pitch competition run by disruptive transpsort company Uber,
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
More than 800,00 people in the UK are living with dementia, of whom 5-8% are under 65. Up to 10% of people over 60 will have mild cognitive impairment and 4 out of 5 will develop dementia. Timely intervention is a key strategic priority, the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 suggests people over 40 should be asked about memory function during routine check ups. Of the £26bn annual cost of care, £4.5bn is funded by the NHS; the remainder is mad up of social care and the opportunity cost of unpaid, informal care.
There are also almost 200,000 stroke and brain injury survivors in the UK. The cost of care is £5.3bn each year and almost half is the cost of informal care.
Previous research shows that regularly accessing memories and related information will embed them for longer and neuroscience research shows that memory works holistically, related information or images can prompt recall in addition to direct reminders.
For dementia, Prompt aims to help users maintain their confidence and independence as long as possible, potentially delaying the need for additional support and reducing the case load in memory clinics. If adopted at an early enough stage, as a memory enhancing strategy, the system will identify cognitive change through behaviours tracked by  the analytics system and could provide an early warning system for timely intervention.
For stroke and brain injury, the system will support recovery; research shows 90% of stroke survivors lack confidence during the recovery phase and need support to regain and then maintain their independence. Prompt has the potential to accelerate and maintain recovery and independence, reducing the time needed for support.
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Informal care costs or lost opportunities for people caring for those with dementia or recovering stroke/brain injury in the UK are estimated to be £14bn each year and that doesn't take into account  worry and stress.

Families supporting loved ones often feel they don't want to interfere oe intrusive, but at the same time they worriy about how theyre coping. Prompt is designed to support someone who is still able to manage the system, to maintain their independence and quality of life - but (if the user gives permission) families can see their daily activities through the web dashboard, so alleviating their concerns. The dashboard shows, at a glance, what events are coming up and what's being stored in the system. It can also display any appointments missed and a mood indicator using sentiment analysis.

People in the West Midlands living with or supporting someone with impaired memory function will benefit from improved quality of life and better mental health.

More generally, the West Midlands will benefit by being seen as a thought leader in innovation cognitive impairment, jobs created and the revenues generated by Memrica.
Current and planned activity: 
Memrica is currently working with Liverpool CCG and Mental Health Trust to test the system with a user group to build a business case for adoption. The company is also working with St Andrews Healthcare in Northampton to test with patients in the facility and in the community. St Andrews is a Centre of Excellence for brain injury and also supports people with dementia.
Memrica has research partnerships with Alzheimer's Society and Headway. 2 pilots are planned for this summer with ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Trafford Housing Association, one of which will be independently evaluated by Worcester University's Association of Dementia Studies.
Memrica has a relationship with Appello, an emergency call centre provider, which is diversifying into digital innovation and an agreement to jointly tender for opportunities in innovation in supporting people with cognitive impairment.

An initial version of Prompt is now available for public testing, support to accelerate take up would be great.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Copyright in design and layouts
Trademark application to be made
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Memrica Prompt is a digital innovation and the key to scaling is market adoption. For the current public Beta 50 people signed up in 48 hours, revealing a consumer appetite. Memrica is developing partnerships with housing providers to drive adoption among their residents - ExtraCare Trust and Lenches Trust - and is seeking other partnerships.
Measures:
Memrica is partnering with Worcester University's Association of Dementia Studies to develop metrics to measure improvement of quaity of life during a short trial. Memrica is also in discussion with NESTA to join their Dementia Citizens initiative, which gathers reserach infirmation from participants on the platform. The format for the Worcester ADS study is a pre and post questionnaire to gather qualitative self assessment about levels on confidence and independence indicated by things people feel they can no longer do or feel anxious about compard to their experiences after the test period. The same  pre and post questionnaire will also be sent to a family member or supporter, who can give their perspective on any changes noted, to give a 360 degree view. The questionnaire will also include questions about impressios of the quality of the app and supporting dashboard as well as training and support given.

Following launch Memrica will also assess.Prompt against KPIs: number of downloads, % conversions to payment, market presence measured by social media mentions and contacts via the website and recruitment success, when compared to similar businesses.
Adoption target:
Prompt is not only targetted at the West Midlands for adoption. To break even on current modelling 30,000 monthly users are required.
Rejection Reason:
The investment committee decided not to invest in this innovation.
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
ACT Herefordshire and Worcestershire have secured funding from Skills for Care to support people recovering/experiencing mental ill health into Health and Social Care careers within Herefordshire.
Overview of Innovation:
ACT Herefordshire and Worcestershire have secured funding from Skills for Care to manage a project ' Recruiting for potential from under-represented groups'.
​This project is the first of its kind within Herefordshire and we are 1 of 4 projects running nationally.
With record low levels of unemployment, competition from other sectors for high quality employees and currently unknown implications for the workforce following Brexit, social care and health employers are seeking different ways to widen their pool of applicants and develop new sources of talent - people with the right values, behaviours and attitudes - to meet current and future workforce demands.
​The project not only supports local providers with recruitment and retention but also supports those that face challenges into employment.
​The project includes a 12 week learning programme for beneficaries ( 1 day a week)commencing January 2018. During the learning programme they will acvhievel Level 1 Award in Health and Social Care. During the course, self- esteem, confidence building, motivation and self worth will be a focus for these individuals.An enviroment of openness, honesty and joy will be created.
​We will also be offering workshops to employers who have engaged with the project. These workshops will look at Value based recruitment.
​Beneficaries will also have the opportunity for work placements/ experience in different areas of Health and Social Care, and attend interviews which could lead to permanent employment or voluntary work.
​Challenges faced by people with mental ill health securing emloyment can be difficult.They may often experience poverty, discrimination and / or bullying.
​' Out of the picture' report idenified 18% of those with mental ill health are in work, lowest employment rate of all disabled groups.

​This project is currently at its early stages with milestone 1 achieved. The next step is to work in partnership with local job centres, job clubs and organisations within Hereford that support people experincing mental ill health and offer this exciting oppurtunity.

​ACT has been involved with various projects within Hereford and Worcestershire around recruitment but this is the first of it kind in relation to under- represented groups.
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce
Benefit to NHS:
Through the project we are hoping to create and support positive well being which will lead to positive outcomes for individuals experiencing mental ill health.
Initial Review Rating
2.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The success of this project will determine future funding in this area.
Current and planned activity: 
We are currently engaging with NHS facalities within Herefordshire who are supporting the project.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
2
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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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMBFoaKy--g

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.
 
(Source: https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Discharging-older-patients-from-hospital-Summary.pdf)
 
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. http://www.sabp.nhs.uk/tihm/partnership. Currently awaiting health economics stats and data from project.
Online Discussion Rating
4.00 (2 ratings)
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
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: http://bit.ly/2sKBn1p


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: http://bit.ly/2tuy9we
 
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): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
Measures:
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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