Other innovations
If your innovation doesn’t fit any of the active categories then this is the place to submit your innovation for feedback and the opportunity for wider adoption across the region.

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Key challenges for Health and Care are Staff, Beds and Costs. These exacerbate, breaches, delays and overall efficiency. Our web based innovation ‘VIDIMO’ addresses all of these by bringing Health and Care organisations together 'in a virtual sense'.

Overview of Innovation:
VIDIMO - A real-time, web based platform specifically designed to target key operational challenges. Its primary audience is Health and Care professionals. At its core, VIDIMO is about reducing patient waiting times, Delayed Transfers of Care and Manual Overheads endured by front-line staff whilst improving overall visibility, efficiency, collaboration and patient flow across multiple care settings.

In essence, VIDIMO takes the Internet of Things (IoT) approach and applies it to the Care World:
 
Bringing Ambulance Trusts and Hospitals together, by delivering real-time visibility of hospital status and capacity to Ambulance Trusts and their crews to:
  • Rreduce waiting times for crews and patients
  • Reduce the £78.4m spend on private ambulance companies
  • Remove the risk of redirects altogether.
Bringing Acute hosiptals and Social Care Boroughs together by providing:
  • Real-time visibility of available beds within and beyond the organisational boundary and across multiple care settings.
  • A collaborative platform to monitor, reduce and manage Delays more effectively.
  • Reduce penalty tariffs
  • Significantly reduce manual overheads.
Bringing Social Care and other Care organisations together, allowing much greater flexibility and efficiency in locating appropriate care beds and services regardless of patient location. VIDIMO provides:
  • The mechanism for Care Homes (large or small), to make available bed assets visible to the widest possible Health and Care audience. This includes Rehab Centres, Extra Sheltered and D2A partner initiatives.
  • Provides Social Care and CCG Brokerage Teams with a single platform of visibility and management.

VIDIMO's more clever together approach is a step change from the traditional silo'd approach and provides more intelligent ways of working.
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: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Reduction in Ambulance crew wait times:
Ambulance Trusts: Lengthy A&E waits or time costly redirects from one hospital to another are costing Trusts £78.4m on private ambulance companies to help them cope with these challenges. Redirects are not only bad for crews but places additional risk on patient safety.
Number of Ambulance redirects (2017-18): 500+
Time lost in a single day by waiting Ambulance crews (Jan 2018):  800 hrs
Costs to the NHS in patient delays this winter 2017/18: - 75,000 hrs
Source: Nuffield Trust
Benefit: removal of redirects altogether.
Reduction in Ambualnce Trusts £78.4m spend on private ambulance companies
Potential reduction in ambualnce wait times meaning greater patient throughput per crew.

Reduced delays for Acute Hospitals and Social Care:
For every 1% reduction in Delays:
An additional 2000 patients would leave hospital on time.
Health and Care could reclaim 22,000 delay days and reduce their penalty tariffs by £12m.

Reduction in Manual overheads and associated costs savings.
Multiple Situation Reports, Bed management meetings and Delay Report meetings are just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to manual overheads. Add to that the effort involved in locating and appropriate care bed or service and it all adds up to a staggering 1.6m person days (equiv to an additional 9000 full-time staff) or £270m worth of care professionals time, time that could be better spend on patient. Our analysis shows that it typically takes 10-15 minutes(600-900) seconds to locate an appropriate available bed using current mothds and approaches. Using VIDIMO the task would take that length of time in seconds to locate every available bed in the region. That equates to a circa 6000% efficiency increase.
Benefit: Refocus upto 1.4m staff days back to direct patient care. CCG & Social Care brokerage teams, in fact all parties, would have unprecedented visibility of available beds across multiple care settings, with no phone calls, emails or running round in ever deceasing circles.

Reduction in the £1bn Breach/readmit penalty tariffs
Benefit:
for every 1% reduction - thousands of patients wait less time to receive appropriate level of care; reduction in NHS penalty tariffs by £10m.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Health and Social  Care would have increaced real-time exposure to Care Home and/or care service providors regardless of size.
Increased exposure of service provision and care homes.
More efficient services from Social Care
Greater value for money.
 
Current and planned activity: 
We have initiated contact with CLAHRC, NHIR (i4i) but have yet to receive any response.
We have initiated contact with Prof. Lyndon Smith (University of the West of England) wrt 3D facial
recognition but have yet to receive any formal response.
Predictive analytics - Scheduled to meet with Kings College London.
We have initiated dialog with several AHSN's
Accepted on the Innovate UK testbed initiative (April 2018)
Reached out to all STP's
Reached out to 24 CCG's
Reached out to NIA
Reached out to ADASS national and regional
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We already have provision in place for our intellectual property.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Paul Rylance 02/10/2018 - 17:09 Publish 2 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Prevention of the disease on 
Overview of Innovation:
Early detection
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wealth creation
Benefit to NHS:
Saving lives
Initial Review Rating
1.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Saving lives
Current and planned activity: 
Identification
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Free for all
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
Rejection Reason:
Incomplete Submission
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Giving one drop of blood for analysis by SOMAscan informs me of my current health status, and helps my doc give me the right advice to reverse or prevent further disease development, or guide their treatment recommendations that will work first time!
Overview of Innovation:
The measurement of 5,000 blood proteins (a quarter of the human protein repertoire) is now possible on a reproducible and industrial scale in clinically-accredited central lab settings. Prior analysis of hundreds of thousands of study subjects' and patient blood samples, whose basic & physiological measurements, life style and clinical histories have been collated, has been used to create a suite of health status defining algorithms that define risk of disease event occuring over 1-5 year time horizons, rates of development, and likelihood of response to alternative intervention that are available.  Whereas rudimentary 'disease risk' insights such as Framingham cardiovascular diasease (CVD) risk scores and QRISK2 are used in public health, primary care and specialist acute care settings to augment disease prevention or guide optimal treatment choices, it is now possible to expand this range of probablistic medicine insights.  Expanding the repertoire beyond CVD to include pre-diabetes conversion to full diabetes or development of complications (amputations, kidney failure, blindness) that lead to costly or catastrophic outcomes, is a starting point.  However, diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis, which leads to liver cancer & failure is another silent killer whose development can be revealed just by applying a different status-prognosis algorithm to protein measurements derived from the same blood sample.  Chronic disease management and care accounts for ~70% of healthcare costs with diabetes alone consuming 10% of the NHS' entire budget and so these are worthy of attention for  prevention, early disease interception (at a reversible stage), or optimising existing care paths that maximise available resources to deliver disease management interventions.  Our primary focus is to prolong and improve population wellbeing such that patient treatment outcomes leads to broad adoption.  However, whereas traditional diagnoses rely heavily on clinical symptoms, SomaLogic's AI-derived algorithms consider the molecular underpinnings of disease.  Clinically-defined diseases are treated in standardised ways which doesn't always work.  Identifying patients with treatment-refractory disease could help target those into research programmes including clinical trials for novel regimens or pharmacological agents.  A secondary output of routine adoption could be creation of an accelerated trial recruitment resource to attract pharma partners.
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / 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:
Healthcheck, although ultimately funded by Public Health England, commissioned by City Councils and delivered through contracted CCGs/GPs, is of questionable value.  A battery of tests whose results are combined with additional clinical parameters and a consultation with a GP or practice nurse, is designed to pre-empt intervention in patients with rising risk for cardiovascular disease or identified as having 'frank' disease.  The net contribution based on opportunity savings delivered to the NHS and the cost of delivering the HealthCheck programme is close to zero.  The repertoire of diseases whose status can be tested for, could be expanded to include multiple silent diseases, as well as provision of range of physiological status-related insights that could complement the patient review process.  For example, patients at risk of developing frank diabetes could be managed more objectively and successfully.  A reduction by 1% of patients converting to full diabetes could equate to £100 million/year by their avoidance of costly complications such as stroke, amputations, kidney failure and blindness.  Avoidance of liver failure associated with liver fibrosis, could contribute further significant opportunity savings: Coupling life style (e.g. dietary education or excercise on prescription) or emerging pharmacological interventions with conveniently measured disease status insights will be required.  However, rather than creating increased burden on NHS resources, provision of clinically validated insights but could also create opportunities for third party organisations beyond the NHS in offering relevant health-maintaining or disease-reversing solutions.
Initial Review Rating
3.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
In a county in which 29% of the population is clinically obese there is a higher risk compared to the majority of the UK population, for diabetes and also fatty liver disease-related complications.  Treatment costs for the latter alone costs the NHS (England) around £1billion/year.  Providing disease risk insights to citizens and their health practictioners, particuarly if the information is objective and made actionable, could be used to support increased health literacy, increase patient activation (motivation), and support the best choice and resource-optimal delivery of advice and clinical interventions.  Ultimately, compliance with such advice and insights will improve the healh of the local population, reduce the burden of dependancy on long-term chronic disease care, and perhaps even result in development of a health-focused preventive health solution provider market.
Current and planned activity: 
SomaLogic has submitted plans for implementation of diabetes risk and complication development predicting algorithms in the routine primary care setting in Leeds (one CCG and 3 GPs). The objective is to use the more objective patient profiling (identified through hypertention clinics) to promote deeper patient enagement measured through increased patient uptake of commissioned nutritional education programmes and/or gym by prescription.  Logistics around blood collection, processing, analysis and data delivery and presentation will be evaluated and optimised, after whcih there is scope to expand this initiative to a wider geographical region.  However, there is scope to evaluate the utility of additional disease status (risk), and prognostication algorithms within the different clinical settings and associated clinical workflows, in neighbouring geographies.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
SOMAscan is a patented proprietary protein measurement technology.  Algorithms developed using artifical intelligence to mine for associations between patient characteristics, lifestyle histories, clinical interventions and decades of clinical follow-up/outcome data (2 million years) that correlate with patterns for 5,000 protein measurements (mined from 2 billion protein data points), provides a highly defensible starting position.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very low
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Anthony John Bartlett 11/07/2018 - 15:11 Publish 5 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Raiing Medical manufactures non-invasive Connected Vital Signs Monitoring for essential clinical decision support, healthcare cost savings, and better quality of care through big-data analysis and AI technology for inpatients and outpatients.
Overview of Innovation:
Currently, the majority of patients in hospital have measurements of vital signs taken manually at 2 to 4 hour intervals, which means some irregular events on the patient may go undetected for hours, this will lead to serious consequences including additional treatment, re-admittance to intensive care units, or even death. On the other hand, the lack of qualified data after patients leave the hospital also increases the difficulties for doctors to identify a patients situation at home. 
 
Raiing Medical believes wearable and mobile technology will change this situation, therefore Raiing is pleased to announce that Raiing MPCMS solution is now available. Raiing MPCMS is a continuous multi-parameter central monitoring system with smart sensor interface and transceiver, which arms to better monitor patients’ vital signs and eventually improve patients’ safety. With the support of a wearable medical sensor and unique Raiing VitalCube, nurses/care givers could receive constant ECG, TEMP, Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate, Sp02 signals from multiple inpatients and alarm for irregular readings simultaneously into a central monitoring station or hospital IT system.  
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Digital health / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Raiing Wearable Vital Signs Monitors will cut down dramatically on Caregivers intervention, provide essential patient data for Hospital use, Home Caregivers use and Doctors Surgeries.  The net result is an increase in patient's quality of life,  significant reduction in readmissions to hospital and considerable savings to the NHS and beyond.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Our Wearable Monitors will allow for vital signs testing on the operating table, ICU, recovery in Hospital and uninterrupted monitoring in the home. Caregivers will pick up on fluctuations and administer assistance immediately saving readmissions to hospital or doctor intervention.
Current and planned activity: 
Our products are widely in use in China and the US.  We are now looking to introduce our products into the UK and Europe and are taking part in the Nightingale, Horizon 2000 project but have not yet had the chance to work with the UK NHS.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Wholly OIwned by Raiing Medical Company, Beijing, China.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
RespiraSense demonstrated a potential for 6-12 hours earlier detection of patient deterioration when compared to the standard of care. Putting that into context, for every 30-minute delay in treating Sepsis, increases the risk of mortality by 7%.
Overview of Innovation:
RespiraSense is the world's only continuous respiratory rate monitor. Respiratory rate is the earliest and single most sensitive indicator of patient deterioration, more so than heart rate if systolic blood pressure. In fact, 26 breaths per minute are considered the earliest point of divergence between Spo2 and respiratory rate. Giving rise to 12+hours of false security is accurate RR is not measured. 

The standard of care remains the manual counting of breaths per minute, which has been shown to be biased and prone to error. With evidence showing no change in the quality of measurements for over 170 years (1846SirHutchenson) (2017Badawy). 

RespiraSense gives medical teams the advantage of being able to intervene early, thus reducing time to intervention and improving outcomes. Outcomes such as Average Lenght of Stay, Average Unit Cost of Care, and Patient Safety targets can be achieved. 

RespiraSense is a simple, wireless, and discrete wearable monitor, placed on at admission and worn/measuring continuously for upto 7 days. Each patient recieves a new sensor and a reusable electronic device or Lobe. See how the system works @ 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6KB1hBPQbM​ 
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 / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Each year, there are approximately 500,000 admissions of Sepsis and Pneumonia with an average unit cost of £4,600 per admission. These two conditions are increasing in incidence and oftentimes lead to an escalation of care due to the risk of undetected deterioration. It is shown that a 5% reduction in the escalation of care of these two pathways alone, through the use of continuous Respiratory Rate monitoring triggering decreased time to interventions (Fluids, Oxygen, Antibiotics, Steroids), can reduce the average unit cost by £300 and the average length of stay by 0.5 days. This translates into a total Net cash saving of £115m and 250K bed days. Popular opinion suggests that as high as 20% reduction is achievable - Evidence pending. 

Each event prevented, having an average cost of £25,000, will pay for a whole year's supply of sensors for one year. 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
West Midlands Trusts are driving the awareness of Sepsis through their ambulance services, patient awareness campaigns, and in-hospital initiatives. With 44,000 lives lost each year attributed to Sepsis, it is important to Prevent, Diagnosis Early, and Effectively Treat the condition. RespiraSense focused on the area of Diagnosis Early. Research suggests that NEWS2 is a more sensitive indicator of deterioration due to Sepsis than QSOFA. Both of which have Respiratory Rate as a key parameter to measure. There is clearly value in monitoring this essential vital sign accurately, and clear additional benefit to having it monitored continuously. RespiraSense achieves both with low impact of False alarm due to its innovative design, boasting advanced motion-tolerance. 
Current and planned activity: 
PMD Solutions is working with Nursing Times to launch an educational campaign on the clinical science and importance of respiratory rate monitoring in acute care clinical practice. 

In addition, PMD Solutions is looking for Respiratory and Emergency teams to partner with and create a culture of Peer Leadership in the development of best practice for respiratory rate monitoring. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
RespiraSense is positioned to be the new industry standard in respiratory rate monitoring. It is patented in Europe, United States, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
An online platform to recruit doctors and nurses for locum/temp shifts, and permanent shifts.  
Overview of Innovation:
MedicBank is an online platform to recruit locum and permanent nurses/doctors to hospitals, cutting the current high costs associated with traditional agencies. Nurses and doctors will be able to select shifts at immediate and elective notice, and matching AI software will aid this process to improve links between staff managers and their staff. This AI component will also help hospitals better understanding pricing by: times of the day, seasonal holidays, position and urgency.

The platform has been designed to improve the usability and interface between hospitals, their staff and future hires. Maintaining a real-time focus on intelligent pricing strategies and demand planning backed by our custom big data algorithms. The impact of this is seen on healthcare delivery. Hospitals will save a lot of money through our novel billing system, and this means that they can spend more directly on healthcare provisions. Furthermore, as a result of better staffing, patients will be seen sooner and should receive a higher quality of care.
 
 
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: 
Wealth creation
Benefit to NHS:
MedicBank has multiple benefits:
- Significantly more cost effective (up to 40%) due to our novel billing system
- Cheaper than existing traditional agencies
- Help solve short-term staffing problems (locum and temporary staff) as well as long-term recruitment issues (permanent staff)
- It targets both doctors and nurses. Other organizations have avoided focuses on nurse recruitment as this has significantly more administrative barriers to market.
- It reallocates the distribution of power from staff agency firms to the hospitals through unique features.
- This digitalizes the process of international recruitment of staff to help solve the issues underlying the staffing crisis.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The societal need is a general improvement in healthcare provision. This includes:
o Reducing waiting times for emergency and elective procedures. More staffing in emergency departments will aid patients being seen within a reasonable time. This has further implications for elective procedures also.
o A higher quality of care that is associated with a fully-staffed healthcare team. When a ward is fully staffed, then patients receive a greater amount of care as there are more people to provide it. This means more time for patients.
o More available options due to reduced spending on staff (a lot of which goes to agencies and not to the staff). Trusts are limited by their capital and equipment, this leads to greater waiting times for patients.
o Happier staff will deliver better care. The current mood within the medical workforce is poor. They feel over-worked and targeted, and it is difficult for this not be translated into their work mood.
Current and planned activity: 
Our current plans are to engage with AHSN that are nearby to our current location (East Anglia/London) to try and commence procurement. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Code, AI, and undisclosed features are our IP.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Fawz Kazzazi 22/02/2018 - 18:27 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Feedback Centre enables organisations to collect feedback from any stakeholder. This information is presented via a visual dashboard called Informatics, allowing health organisations to spot trends & issues and act on them or plan improvements.
Overview of Innovation:
Feedback Centre has been developed in collaboration with and for the NHS and Health & Social Care organisations.

Feedback Centre brings together public feedback, survey results and complaints, all of which can be shared directly with stakeholders/service providers. This allows data from multiple sources to be joined-up, stored in one place and shared organisation-wide. 

Feedback can be collected online, including by tablet, mobile, Facebook and via widget, as well as via SMS and kiosk. This offers a great choice for patient engagement and allows patient experience teams to gain information from a broad cross-section of society, as different social, economic and clinical groups often communicate via very different means. The system also allows offline and archived feedback collected from other sources to be imported into Feedback Centre.
                                                                                                           
Feedback Centre also includes a screen-reading and translation feature with the aim of preventing the exclusion of those with visual impairments or poor literacy skills from engaging with providers.
 
Health & Service providers are able to respond publically to feedback, shortening response times to public concerns and reducing the volume of incidents that escalate to formal complaints.
 
Our business intelligence dashboard, Informatics, presents the fastest way possible for Health organisations/Trusts to access data, understand trends and create reports. It will also provide clients with the ability to utilise their own taxonomy, categorising the data in any format required. This allows for benchmarking of providers, services and departments, as well as identifying areas for potential improvement.

Utilising sentiment analysis, Feedback Centre will determine the emotional tone behind a series of words. This can be used to gain an understanding of the attitudes, opinions and emotions expressed within a review or complaint. Thus they can be weighted for seriousness and therefore flag providers to take note and take instant action
 
To ensure confidentiality the system is hosted by EKKO securely to NHS Trust information governance standards with monthly updates provided to the platform. 
 
To see Feedback Centre in action, take a look at the following video featuring Healthwatch and NHS England: http://www.EKKOmedia.com/healthwatch-video/
 
Benefits:
  • Branded system for any organisation
  • All information available in one place
  • Secure, ISO27001 Hosted Surveys and GDPR ready
  • Less risk, all information is shared directly with client only
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: 
Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
A single database for ALL experience data: The key benefit to the NHS is the storage of all user & staff experience data into a single database, which can be, used organisation-wide by an unlimited number of users with different levels of access. Hence this aggregation of data provides:

A facility removes the risk of inefficiencies due to having multiple, unconnected silos of disparate information, training is provided every step of the way by EKKO.
  • Peace of mind for GDPR compliance and ISO27001 hosting, utilising world leading hosting architecture Amazon Web Services.
  • An ability to create a snapshot or larger historic overviews of analysed data on single aspects or wider views of experiential data and trust feedback    
  • Services and providers to be benchmarked, allowing the identification of top performers or highlighting underperforming providers or departments. Alternatively it can show issues where quality or care does not match KPI’s, indicating a need for investigation or a comparison to be made. 
     
  • Creation of specific taxonomies; Trusts can categorise their data to ensure that the words and meanings meet that of their patients within in different clinical, social and ethical groups, so as to remove barriers whilst ensuring data integrity and meaning is maintained when analysed and reported on.
     
  • Through the multi-channel approach it allows Inclusivity and increased response rates while maintain data cohesion. Feedback Centre can be used to engage with a broader cross-section of society, resulting in higher response rates for surveys. e.g. young people and those within the working population are often unable to attend Patient Participation Group (PPG) meetings, meaning they are often under or not represented in survey results. Allowing those groups to complete a survey via a smartphone or Facebook application which increases the likelihood of gaining a more representative sample within the Feedback Centre database.
     
  • Cost savings on external surveys suppliers - The system can be used to administer the Friends and Family Test, as well as any other mandatory or ad-hoc NHS surveys, including staff surveys. Using the system for surveys removes the need for external partners to conduct surveys, hence a significant saving. (The system has no limit on users or the creation of custom surveys, thus no additional costs per survey). Whilst also ensuring all survey data is held by the Trust and in one place for future reference and analysis.

Initial Review Rating
4.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
How do the public see their responses or outcomes/results of feedback they give?



Give YOUR Patients & the Public a voice for feedback and complaints
We provide the WM population with a place to share feedback safely about services that they use. All health and care providers can feature on the system. Feedback is displayed publicly after moderation, allowing anyone to compare and benchmark providers based on real experiences.
 
The system is multi-channel, inclusive and easy to use
A significant proportion of the NHS’s engagement is done via Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). PPGs are not always representative re: age, race & gender, as well as numerous other demographic factors. This is due to people being unable to attend PPG meetings due to being at work, school or condition they are being treated for. By offering a multi-channel solution, members of the public are able to leave feedback online, increasing the likelihood of gaining direct feedback and insights from those groups. A text-reader service can be added to the site to enable those with visual impairments and speakers of other languages to give feedback.
 
Our technology can be used to broaden ways users engage in feedback. Thus we wish to work with health providers to explore & develop such processes & systems.
 
Provider responses
Service providers are able to respond to reviews publically or privately, addressing concerns before they escalate into serious issues or formal complaints. This demonstrates to the public that they are being listened to, inspiring confidence in services & can be used to intervene in more serious alerts & complaints.

Branded, secure portal
The system is branded to health clients’ guidelines to ensure uses have confidence with whom they are engaging with and responding too. Security and hosting is to NHS Trust IG standards with Amazon Web Services. All data is hosted in the UK and load-balanced, ensuring availability of systems at all times.
 
Using a secure, online portal offers a greater level of security than collecting data offline/paper, as well as providing significant cost savings. Currently, most patient experience data is collected and stored offline in a multiple, which has implications in terms of the GDPR regulations that come into effect in May 2018.
 
Monitoring & reporting on changes
Centralisation of cohesive data provides the ability to compare and contrast between service, timeframes and as a way of gauging and monitoring any changes that are made.
 
Current and planned activity: 
Current
We work with NHS trusts, CCGs, Healthwatch network & local. System is showcased at UK events with major update due -Feedback Centre 2.0. Long term aims are to roll-out across NHS, Care & Housing sectors

Regional Scalability
Explore West Mids roll out as it has not yet been scaled across an entire NHS region previously. NHS E & SWAHSN funded regional roll-out across 7 Healthwatch network organisations
 
Individual CCG, Trusts, STP, Healthwatch & GP federations uses are possible. Regional or large scale adoption could provide individual as well as wider insights to services & their performance & satisfaction levels.
 
Wish to hear from
Organisations wanting Feedback Centre demo: - GP, CCG, Trust or other health/social care provider
 
Evaluation & Validation of system benefits, monitoring delivery, ensuring + patient experience
 
Product Development – expand ways patients can engage & provide feedback
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Feedback Centre is copyright protected, having been created by EKKO. Data held within the system is the IP of the client, with EKKO performing the role of data processor.

Regulatory Approvals:
EKKO hold the following approvals: 

Cyber Essentials: EKKO have completed Cyber Essentials, a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against the most common threats found on the internet.

GDPR Foundation Certification – EKKO have completed this certification with the aim of helping our clients prepare for the new regulation requirements.

Data Protection Public Register: ZA310893
 
IG Toolkit – EKKO are currently working towards the IG Toolkit and aim to have this completed by April 2018. 
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Ian Hughes 15/02/2018 - 17:28 Publish 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Consultant Connect enables a GP to dial a single number to immediately reach an appropriate specialist.  Immediate Advice and Guidance is better for patients, clinicians & NHS. It is currently used in Elective, Urgent & Mental Health care settings.
Overview of Innovation:
Consultant Connect www.consultantconnect.org.uk is a simple CCG funded telecoms system that provides GPs with immediate access to telephone-based specialty mental health advice and guidance. By talking to a specialist, often whilst the patient is still in the surgery, the GP is better able to provide the right care first time to the patient, often avoiding an unnecessary referral or admission.  The specialist is based within a nearby NHS Trust Hospital.
 
GP calls connect directly, via a standard rate number, to teams of local specialists via their mobile phones with each specialist getting c 20 seconds to answer a call before it automatically forwards on to the next specialist. By connecting to teams of specialists, rather than to individuals, the connection rates are high.  The order in which specialists receive calls is based on a Rota of specialist availability that has been provided by the team. This rota can be either managed by us or by the team itself through an online portal.  The team of specialists are based in the local NHS Trusts.
 
Once connected, calls are recorded as highly encrypted, information-governed digital files which provide a medico-legal record which is available to the relevant GP practice and specialist team.  At the end of the call GPs are asked to stay on the line for a few seconds to rank the outcome – this gives the CCG a broad view as to the effectiveness of the system and their investment in it. Specialists are also asked to rank the outcome via text message as a back-up.
 
This service is in operation nationally across many specialties in physical and mental health.

In what instances should/can Consultant Connect be used?
The way in which this system is used is ultimately determined by the CCGs, Trust/Specialists and GP practices collectively, but it is generally accepted that calls will be made for patient-specific advice.
 
Within mental health we can connect GPs to the most appropriate mental health clinical professional (e.g. Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist) to discuss issues such as:
  • Whether a referral is needed
  • Medication management/prescribing questions
  • Access to crisis support
We offer our service to best meet local needs between service users, GPs and Mental Health Trusts. 
 
We can tailor by service, specialty or pathway.
The speed of connection is such that the GP’s can (at their discretion) call whilst a patient is still with them.

Consultant Connect Service
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWmNUubMCAE
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Why Trusts and CCGs work with us
  • Better patient experience – speeds up the care pathway, avoidance of unnecessary visits and contact with secondary care services, reductions in follow-up visits to GP Practices
  • Better GP experience – more patient episodes conclude with no follow-up work, case based learning, reconnecting with specialists
  • Better specialist experience – reduction in inappropriate referrals to secondary care services, reduction in the number of written requests for advice that require responses, reconnecting with GPs
  • Better for the mental health trust and CCG – full tracking of Advice & Guidance activity, greater ‘whole system’ efficiency, with savings available to support other hospital and community initiatives

How we perform
  • In Physical Health, across all elective care specialties, 66% of calls to Consultant Connect result in the patient avoiding a trip to hospital (referral or admission)
     
  • In Physical Health, across all of urgent care specialties, 27% of calls avoid a hospital trip that day (attendance or admission) and a further 36% of from A&E
     
  • In Mental Health, 39% of calls to our Mental Health Advice & Guidance line avoided a referral
 
What a Consultant Connect call has meant to …
… GPs
“The call enabled me to deal with some abnormal results in an efficient manner – which tests to request and what to do with the results. Saved a referral.”

… Consultants
“I took a call regarding a patient with syncope and ataxia. I avoided an unnecessary admission and got the lady seen urgently in an outpatient clinic.”

… Commissioners
“Consultant Connect is our only QIPP scheme that is over delivering against its YTD QIPP target. I’m genuinely struggling to know how to deal with all this positivity. It’s very unusual in my line of work. Great news.”
 
Testimonials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEu7QDT4PzI
 
Initial Review Rating
4.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Nearly 2,000 patients were spared an avoidable visit to hospital in the West Midlands by GPs who used Consultant Connect to contact specialists for immediate advice.
 
Doctors in the West Midlands turned to Consultant Connect, which allows them to speak to a specialist, often with the patient still in the room and can save them waiting days for a response or being sent to hospital for further checks.
 
Around 1,850 patients were spared going to Sandwell Hospital as well as Heartland and Good Hope Hospitals in Birmingham.
 
The service covers cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, general surgery, haematology, paediatrics, renal medicine, urology and respiratory medicine.
 
Since the phone line launched, GPs from 100 surgeries across Walsall, Sandwell and Solihull have made nearly 2,500 calls to specialists to get expert advice on the best care for their patients.
 
Consultant Connect estimates that West Midlands GPs and consultants have saved the NHS £570,000 by ensuring patients get the right treatment from the beginning.
 
When local GPs used Consultant Connect, around 50 per cent of their patients avoided the inconvenience of a trip to hospital.
 
Ref: Pharmacy Choice, 9 June, 2017
https://www.pharmacychoice.com/news/article.cfm?Article_ID=1832970
In one West Midlands CCG, the number of outpatient referrals dropped by 6 per cent over a three-month period.   This was Solihull CCG into HEFT (Heart of England Foundation Trust). 
https://www.consultantconnect.org.uk/breaking-news-ccg-establishes-consultant-connect-responsible-for-6-dip-in-referrals

We are currently working with the following CCGs in the West Midlands AHSN area:
 
Solihull CCG, Coventry and Rugby CCG, South Warwickshire CCG, North Warwickshire CCG, Worcestershire (South Worcestershire CCG, Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and Wyre Forest CCG).  We are also working with the GP Federation Modality Partners in Sandwell.
 
We are working with the following Trusts:
  • HEFT - Heart of England NHS FT
  • SWFT - South Warwickshire NHS FT
  • UHCW - University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • WAHT - Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust - SWBH
  • George Eliot Hospital (GEH)
Current and planned activity: 
Current activity:
We are delivering Consultant Connect with over 45 CCGs across the UK, covering more than 12.8 million patients and over 1,700 GP practices.  To date we have handled 98,000 calls.

Planned/Required activity:
We would like to further roll out Consultant Connect to willing GPs and Trusts.  We would also appreciate any assistance in undertaking a formal return on investment review of our service to show very clear and robust data that we save money, and quickly.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Consultant Connect Ltd own the telecoms system software and BI data reporting.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A secure training platform using high quality video content and cutting edge learning technology. We produce high-quality courses, or update or convert your existing training material accessible via smartphone, tablet or computer – anytime/anywhere
Overview of Innovation:
The medics.academy platform has been designed with security to protect against inappropriate access and copyright infringement with an option to request users to pay per view.
medics.academy combines engaging content, low cost access and accessibility. Healthcare professionals from across the UK and internationally can benefit from consistent, sustainable educational programmes that will have a significant effect on performance and patient safety.
Medics Academy (MA) - Delivery Platform - Flow diagram
medics.academy (MA) - Delivery Platform

The platform incorporates unique technology to allow high quality video content to be viewed anywhere across the world without loss of quality. This allows educators, subject matter experts or partner organisations to securely distribute high quality, high value courses that may be of a sensitive, private medical nature. Programmes for or that target their audience whilst protecting their access to them and ensuring their ownership, IP and if required to generate direct income from their content.
 
Delivery facilities:
  • High quality education online on any digital device
  • Security and IP protection of authored content
  • Global access via a specifically designed IT platform
  • Scalability and sustainability via a revenue sharing business model
  • Tracking of users and access / usage
 
MA Content Production
The company mission is to empower health professionals through knowledge so they can provide better care. The company has already developed and delivered a range of courses

Content creation opportunities:
  • Content generation/production services and expertise
    • New Training Material creation
    • Conversion of existing material
    • Adapting original material for delivery via the MA Platform
  • Visuals graphics & animation facilities to illustrate points/information
  • Option to add additional products and services, e.g. link to classroom based training
  • Quality assured and endorsed content from experts combined with other content e.g. filmed demonstrations of skills

Company Background
The founders of the company, two medics, became increasingly frustrated by the poor design, use and engagement with e-learning and believe the use of these expert driven courses can be a part of a new blended learning solution to medical education.  From their frustration and experiences, they built a team based in the UK and the US, that have developed this platform. Medical educators can focus on building amazing content, supported by a team of artists, filmmakers, engineers and medical content specialists.

 
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: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Freedom of Access
Opportunity to train staff remotely at any time or place and at their own pace, the ability to deliver training content pre or post a course to either prepare or reinforce the material being delivered either as well or instead of a physically attending formal course. This secure training platform facilitates the trainer/education unit with a range of options to deliver their material to their staff and students.
 
This range of options can then be selected to best suit the ability to reach and gain access to the trainees e.g. it can facilitate them not travelling or leaving their place of work. It can be used to assist students with revision or reinforcement of a recently delivered course possibly before and exam or test.
 
This flexibility can work for the participant as well as the deliverer of content all leading to a better trained and confident workforce. Hence facilitating performance improvement and make training significantly more cost effective and efficient.
 
Usage Tracking
Material accessed can be logged along with information on viewer and duration. This is part of our security and revenue system when required and when this may be appropriate. This also gives content producers a clear idea into their most used and valuable training assets.  
 
Confidentiality & Control
Access to material can be controlled you may wish to do this to ensure that content that may be clinically sensitive (e.g. of distressing or of a possible sexual nature) or that may be commercial sensitive is not accessible by those without permission. 
 
Revenue Generation
Courses that are delivered on the platform can be via a pay per view option. This is a revenue sharing model between Vopulus and the content provider, so significant income generation can be earned by the training provider from offering their material to a global audience. We take away all the strain and complexities of an organisation creating a charging system and the processes to providing a secure and trusted credit cards charging system.
 
The Key Benefit
All you need to worry about is the material you wish to teach – we can produce that material with you and then deliver it safely to your intended or your selected audience.
 
We look forward to your call or your response below.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Key Benefits
  • Simple Video Delivery Training Platform designed for Medical Content  Removes concerns over access and can form part of a library of material for a Trust or for West Midlands NHS & Community Clinical staff
     
  • Options to generate revenue from your content
    Generate money from external organisations or clinicians from your training material
     
  • Confidential and professional Training Material production or conversion
    Take the worry away from delivering, recording and illustrating your training material we will do that and if you’re not confident or comfortable being videoed we can arrange for an expert presenter to deliver your lessons
 
Enhanced Staff - Leading to better informed and trained healthcare professionals which ensures confidence that leads to improved patient safety and outcomes.
 
Training / Testing Freedom - Ability to offer courses to hard to reach clinical and medical staff due to their location (e.g. Community based) or their availability (shortages but imperative that they are brought up to date on a process or procedure). The platform allows 24/7 access to material and through the tracking a degree of confidence can be had by the trainers / management that the viewer has seen and understood the material delivered. The level of understanding can be confirmed via an online test or other assessment methods.
 
Potential Patient Use - This platform also has potential to be used for patient education programmes providing a significant increase in patient empowerment, self care and wellness.

Payment Security
The platform has a fully integrated payment system built on the industry leader Stripe. We also use a cutting edge ledger and tracking function that allows fully transparent tracking of payments for clients. Thus due incorporated Stripe system, partners/clients can be fully confident in a global payments and payment tracking system that utilises the latest technology and security standards.
Current and planned activity: 
Current Activity
  • We have a regional project underway with the West Midlands AHSN to produce training material for LTC.
  • We are having a number of discussions and negations on material related to maternity with Trusts across the UK.
  • Although we seeking to engage with more content providers and potential purchasers of group courses.
Thus we would like to discuss:
  • Procurement / Adoption of:  
    • More medical training Video productions or for more Trusts and other clinical training organisations/units to our Medical Academy Platform to deliver you material   
    • Usage of our secure and / or revenue generating video content Delivery Platform space. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Platform has IP associated with its design and security to protect content from plagarism.
The course content IP remains with the author apart from our newly produced graphics.
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Johann Malawana 27/11/2017 - 14:55 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The Hydrant is a novel and effective solution of proviiding fluids to those patients with poor mobility or requiring flat-bed rest. it consists of a bottle and drinking tube that can be postioned to allow the patient to independently consume fluids.
Overview of Innovation:
 Within the NHS dehydration remains a significant problem with recent reports suggesting it may affect as many as one in seven hospital patients and cost the NHS £1 billion a year. The majority of hydration in secondary care, is reliant on patients’ independent consumption of fluids.One way to improve hydration amongst these groups of patients is to increase accessibility of fluids using drinking aids. These aids encompass a broad range of products from insulated mugs that maintain drinks at the appropriate temperature to more complex devices designed for patients who find it difficult to drink from standard vessels. it consists of a bottle with an adjustable, self-supporting drinking tube with a bite valve that allows patients to draw fluid from the device. The device has won design awards and offers a sensible solution to providing fluids for those patients with poor mobility or physical capacity, or otherwise confined to flat-bed rest. The bottle has been trialled on the Neurosurgery ward at UHB and was greeted favourably by staff and those patients offered it. 
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: 
Wealth creation / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Within the NHS dehydration remains a significant problem with recent reports suggesting it may affect as many as one in seven hospital patients and cost the NHS £1 billion a year (Good, Richard 2014) with elderly patients particularly susceptible due to their diminished thirst sensation and changes in kidney function (Hooper 2014).  The majority of hydration in secondary care is reliant on patients’ independent consumption of fluids.  The act of drinking appears a straightforward response to a physiological need yet it is in fact a complex behaviour determined by a variety of factors and their interactions (Koster 2009) including physical, psychological, and environmental influences (Kenney 2001). In the ward environment patients rely on the support of health care providers and yet staff frequently report a number of barriers to performing hydration care with insufficient time as a key barrier amongst them (Simmons 2001; Mentes, chang 2006). This can leave patients with limited movement, cognitive ability or higher clinical dependency particularly vulnerable to dehydration. One way to reduce this risk is to increase accessibility of fluids using drinking aids such as the Hydrant. 
Initial Review Rating
4.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
As above
Current and planned activity: 
The primary issue with its upatke within UHBFT was the availability of the device. Staff on wards where patients would benefit from its use were unable to procure the device.
We propose that WMAHSN facilitate a series of meetings with key staff involved in procurement at the hospital to improve the supply and availability of the bottle.
Once the bottle is more freely available we propose to raise awareness of its availability with staff on the relevant wards.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Licensed product of Hydrate for Health Ltd,
http://www.hydrateforhealth.co.uk/our-products/the-hydrant/
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
LocumTap is a flexible software solution for the booking, management and control of temporary clinical staff within hospitals and other clinical settings with proven cost savings.
Overview of Innovation:
LocumTap is the key to managing and controlling costs of locums within Acute care, moving from using Agency to Trust staff.
The system provides a real-time two way Locum booking system consisting of: a Clinician App and Web portal for HR or Bank Staff administrators. It has been designed by clinicians within the Acute settings, who understanding the operational needs & requirements of Hospitals, their departments & their staff, with fully configurable operational flexibility built in from the onset.

Controlled and Simple Administration
LocumTap improves adherence to standard operating processes, whilst providing flexibility to facilitate the nuances of specialist departments.
It is a complete Locum booking process which reduces & simplifies the administration burden whilst providing financial insights for the control of the temporary staffing. Providing: Staff details, Vacancies, Bookings, Pay-role reports etc.

The system allows for rapid upload of bank staff to initiate the system. Staff who request to join the Bank staff, upload their personal & professional credentials via the App, prior to undertaking a Trusts HR/Bank validation /acceptance process.
Customisation - Departments can specify their requirements, such as allowing any suitably qualified staff to fill vacancies, or requiring to approve any applicants prior to dept acceptance, as well as further approving any shifts they wish to work. Allowing Clinical managers to have full confidence in the staff hired to work in their discipline/Dept.
 
Benefits for Trusts and Locums
LocumTap provides a two way operation; Either locums can browse shifts and book shifts which match their credentials on-demand or elect to fill future shifts. Thus clinicians can plan ahead, control their time and manage their finances & work-life balance. Their shift information is recorded via Paperless Timesheets - Clinicians get a digital sign-off on their app for payment processing;
or through the Bank service indicating their shift vacancies Bank Admin can also look for suitable staff from a large repository of staff who can cover shifts and directly contact them via the App dramatically minimising the hiring of Agency.

All shifts vacancies can be seen – transparency. This has meant system has proved to be liked by staff as they feel in control and it has increased vacancy shift fill rates from 60% baseline to 98.5%. This is equivalent to £750,000+ per year in cost benefit to the trust (from junior doctor shifts alone).
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: 
Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
LocumTap primarily targets hospital efficiency & reduction of Agency spending, but could equally be used by smaller clinical establishments.
 
Automated and Streamlined Service
Cost Benefit
  • Reduction in Workload of HR (by reducing the administrative burden of managing the bank). Removal of inefficient and unreliable methods of communication, such an end to interrupting clinicians with numerous cold calls and emails to establish availability and to firm up bookings.
Quality
  • End to Mistakes due to human error & associated costs.
    Paperless Timesheets and pay-role outputs for finance, has meant less errors and thus  a reduction of Admin and Finance time dealing with payment queries & disputes
Morale Increased
  • Less Workload for staff bank – chasing and making changes to information
  • Minimum Admin Stress – removal/ reduction of time pressure
  • No high Staff turnover due to removal of pressure.
  • Ability to take on other productive tasks – e.g. recruitment drives
     
Recruitment Support
Cost Benefit
  • Increase of clinicians in staff pool – Flexibility, Personal Control & Transparency led to 38.5% increase of self electing Clinicians joining
  • Competition for available shifts – leading to early booked shift vacancies
  • Competitive adjustment of hourly rates – Staff selecting their own pay-rate (in Confidence)
     
 
Quality
  • Increase of Full shift coverage – leading to less HR staff stress but also increasing hospital capacity and reducing clinical / ward staff stress
  • Increasing the Choice for HR staff due to large pool of Trust staff being available
 
Reduced Reliance on Agencies
Cost Benefit
  •  Major Efficiency of spend - Cost benefit of £15,000 and £20,000 per mth for every 10% conversion of doctors and nurses respectively from agency to bank staff. Est. saving of £750,000+ per year in costs (from junior doctor shifts alone).
Quality
  • Consistent and trusted locums – Staff who know the hospital systems, procedures and protocols
  • Less opportunities for errors due to unfamiliarity with the hospital or insufficient induction
Morale
  • Greater Cross-cover for unfilled gaps in the rota – ability for staff to gain new experiences and insights
 
Real-Time Data
Cost Benefit
  • Increase in Proactive planning – Wards, Departments and Locums selecting their preferred shifts - Gamification
  • Available shifts publicised in advance of agency – Internal covered minimising need for Agency staff weeks before required (creating time to negotiate?)
Quality
  • Better Management oversight on locum activity and spend
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Although our innovation does not impact on patient safety directly, it can greatly impact of the care provided by ensure staff levels are maintained and that staff that know the hospital and the hospital them are in attendance. The evidence in the literature is patchy, although it is conventional wisdom that wards are more effective when appropriately staffed and bank staff are more efficient than external agency staff (the latter are less familiar with hospital processes, guidelines and IT).
 
The results from our current work at Chelsea-Westminster demonstrate higher staffing levels and also greater utilisation of bank staff rather than external agency staff with significant Cost savings.
 
 
The application of our technology could also be applied across Trusts with multiple sites where staff may be able to work in multiple locations or only within one or more locations. Thus this greater pool of Bank/Locum staff to draw upon should increase efficiencies and cost savings from Agency staff hire as well as reduce / remove any issues due to temporary staff not being familiar with the hospital, ward or their procedures and practices.
  
Within the Management Function it facilitates (Not covered above):
  • Better Recruitment Support - The platform has a recruitment tool to manage candidate applications - onboarding and verifying new locums.
  • Efficiencies of a Streamlined Service - Platform streamlines the entire shift booking cycle & improves adherence to operating procedures and policies.
  • Insights via Feedback and Rating System - Clinicians can be scored on their care quality, communication and punctuality. To ensure quality control and rehire-ability.
  • Informative Powerful Dashboards - Data is presented in dashboards, providing management with real time insights into all locum activity.
  • Finance / Operation Service Improvement:
    • Reduction in delayed staff payments due to removal of paper timesheets not arriving with finance in a timely fashion.
    • Reduced the time it takes to process weekly payrolls.
    • Captured escalations and virtually eliminated unwarranted and unauthorized escalations in participating departments.
    • Department managers have more visibility over the locum activity in their areas by accessing real-time and department-specific dashboards.
 
For other benefits please see previous sections.
See http://locumtap.com for further infiormation
 
Current and planned activity: 
Current Activity
Following a successfully implementation at Chelsea-Westminster Hospital Trust, we are now looking to expand across the UK and have initiated conversations with NHS trusts & STPs.
We are interested in being connected with healthcare organisations that are members of WM AHSN looking to improve on their staffing and agency operations and wish to reduce their spending.
 
Planned Activity
Thus we would like to discuss:
  • Procurement / Adoption -  LocumTap by WMAHSN Trusts, STP’s or CCGs
  • Concept Development Due to LocumTap’s flexibility & customisation, we welcome opportunities to discuss your requirements and how we may extend its capabilities for other health institutional requirements. We have plans to integrate Bank Nursing & Professions Allied to medicine and welcome input and interest in these services for your service 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The software is copyrighted.
The system and  App is password protected and has basic encryption
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death world-wide. HeartFlow’s non-invasive technology, FFRct, has been found to accurately diagnose patients with suspected CAD, avoid unnecessary invasive procedures, and reduce healthcare costs
Overview of Innovation:
The diagnosis and care of patients with suspected coronary artery disease is significantly improved by the use of HeartFlow's FFRct analysis. Our process starts with data from a standard Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA). High-quality (64 slice or greater) CT scanner images are sent to HeartFlow.

HeartFlow then creates a personalized, 3D model of each patient’s arteries. Where computational fluid dynamics are used to evaluate blood flow and assess the impact of blockages in the arteries. With this actionable information, clinicians can determine the right course of action for each patient.

While FFRct is still in an early  stage of adoption, there are now over 150 publications on the technology. Clinical trials have validated both the diagnostic accuracy and clinical utility. Most recently NICE issued guidance on HeartFlow FFRct, stating "The technology is non-invasive and safe, and has a high level for diagnostic accuracy... may avoid the need for invasive coronary angiography... Based on current evidence using HeartFlow can lead to cost savings of £214 per patient."

CT data is securely (Anonymised CCTA data) and seamlessly sent via our “HeartFlow Connect” once installation is approved by the hospital trust. HeartFlow ensures that the scans and FFRct results and analysis models are acceptable to a sites radiologists / radiographers.
 
Whilst this is an emerging diagnostic its well positioned to become an integral part of standard patient care for those who are at risk of CAD. As this is a new technique HeartFlow provides training to radiologists, radiographers, cardiologists and support staff. We work closely with each site to provide support and training to help evaluate the technology and as they begin to incorporate FFRct into their clinical practice. [A high level overview of HeartFlow’s training support can be found in the Adoption guide published by NICE. (see attached)]
 
HeartFlow FFRct users are invited to educational seminars and we are working on establishing a UK users group to help sharing best practice around FFRct’s use.
 
HeartFlow has received CE mark approval for use in UK/Europe.  CCTA image specifications for HeartFlow FFRct analysis; HeartFlow’s CCTA quality requirements are consistent with those of the Royal College of Radiology (RCR), British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) performance of CCTA guidance document.
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 / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
The use of HeartFlow FFRct can improve patient care, efficiency, and lower medical costs:

Patient Care
  • HeartFlow FFRct provides a physician with both functional and anatomical data, improving diagnostic accuracy, thus reducing invasive procedures and associated complications
  • Improved diagnostic accuracy improves patient care and quality of life
  • Studies suggest that incorporating FFRct lowers patient radiation levels due to decreased angiography
Efficiency
  • Studies indicate that the application of FFRct may result in a reduction of unnecessary angiographies, improved cath lab efficiency, and reduced waiting lists
  • By providing both functional and anatomic data, physicians may be able to reduce the need for and waiting times associated with other diagnostic imaging tests
Cost of Care
  • As demonstrated in the NICE guidance, the use of HeartFlow FFRct can potentially reduce the cost of care. NICE estimates an average savings of £214 per patient. This saving is based on not conducting inappropriate invasive diagnostics.
  • A Japanese study has indicated that the use of the CCTA-FFRct strategy to select patients for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) would result in 32 % lower costs and 19 % fewer cardiac events in 1 year compared to the most commonly used CAG-visual strategies. 
 
“The HeartFlow FFRct Analysis provides a definitive understanding of both anatomical and functional findings, without any additional testing or risk for patients. Application of the HeartFlow FFRct Analysis is likely to transform the quality of care we can provide for patients, ensuring the most accurate diagnosis and the best treatment plan, as well reducing the need for invasive coronary angiography – a procedure not without its risks.”
  -  Dr. Joseph Mills, Liverpoool Heart and Chest Hospital
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
As stated in the NICE guidance, the adoption of HeartFlow FFRct in the West Midlands region could improve patient care and outcomes while generating significant savings for the region.
 
We are looking for additional adoption sites and would be interested in hearing from West Midlands Trusts that would like to take the lead in establishing our UK user group.  
Current and planned activity: 
HeartFlow is in early conversations with NHS Trusts and commissioners. A handful of early adopting NHS medical centres have begun to provide HeartFlow FFRct for their patients. HeartFlow is engaging with interested physicians at centres with high quality CT capabilities.

UK Sites where Heartflow FFRct is being used:
  • St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (London)
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest
  • Russell Hall Hospital (Dudley, West Midlands)
  • Freeman Hospital (Newcastle)
HeartFlow is in discussion with other UK site about adoption of FFRct.

Planned / required activity
  • We are looking for additional adoption sites and would be interested in hearing from Trusts that would like to take the lead in establishing our UK user group 
  • Whilst we have undertaken worldwide studies we are always interested in ongoing evaluation / validation and collaborative developments technically and with clinical pathway integration.
  • In the future we plan on conducting clinical trials based & focused on specifically the UK population.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
HeartFlow has established significant intellectual property and has been issued several patents.
HeartFlow received CE IIA mark approval for use in UK/Europe in July 2011. The technology is also ISO 13485 certified.  

Return on Investment
Savings have been demonstrated in clinical trials (PLATFORM), third party health economic modelling (NICE guidance, Int’l Journal of Cariology 183 (2015) 173-7), and real world experience at early adopting centres.
 
NICE recommendations for Heartflow FFRct (February 2017) state:  “Using HeartFlow FFRct may lead to cost savings of £214 per patient. By adopting this technology the NHS in England may save a minimum of £9.1 million (annually) by 2022 by avoiding invasive investigation and treatment.  
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
Liverpool Heart and Chest has performed more HeartFlow analyses than any other site. They have demonstrated clinical and economic benefits to incorporating HeartFlow FFRct into their practice. The uptake is due in part to to the strong support from their regional CCG.
Measures:
HeartFlow is seeking to achieve the following outcomes:
 - Improved patient care: Reduction in unnecessary invasive angiographies and eventually a reduction in waiting times for those patients that need angiographies
 - Reduction in Healthcare Costs: NICE estimates cost savings of 214 GBP per patient. We are working with existing sites to demonstrate real world outcomes.
 - Quality of Life: HeartFlow's clinical utility trial, PLATFORM, demonstrated an improvement in quality of life when FFRct was incorporated into patient care pathways. It is likely that this is in part due to the avoidance of unnecessary interventions. To date we have not seen any adverse events from avoiding invasive procedures.   
Adoption target:
NICE estimates cost savings of 9.1M GBP annually within five years. To reach this objective approximately 35,000 patients would need to have access to a HeartFlow FFRct analysis. 
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Ben Forrest 12/05/2017 - 17:12 Detailed Submission 3 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Airglove is a patient warming system that gently heats the arm, raising fragile or hidden veins, making them easier and less painful to access.
 
“Up to 35% of patients require heated cannulisation due to fragile or hidden veins”
 
Overview of Innovation:
Airglove is a unique warming system developed to enable access to the veins in a patients arm for the delivery of intravenous drugs. It gently heats the patients arm up as it forces warm air through a single use double walled polythene glove.


www.greencrossmedico.com/products/airglove

Patient Solution
Airglove warming system works in just 3 minutes gently heating the patients arm to the selected temperature. Its so easy to use the nurse/practitioner simply selects the chosen temperature setting according to the patients skin type, places the patents arm in the double walled polythene glove and selects start. The patient will feel the warm air fill the glove up and vent away through a single slit perforation and after 3 minutes the machine will automatically stop with an alert sound.

Patient Clinical Considerations
With extended courses of treatment such as chemotherapy repeated cannulation is often required. Airglove can benefit fragile or hidden veins by warming the local area which gently raises the veins allowing for the insertion of the cannula. This reduces the time taken, costs and the number of attempts required which is more comfortable for both the patient and nurse/practitioner.

Patient Comfort
In addition to the benefits of easier cannulisation Airglove can help to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed with its gentle warming system with the confidence that the nurse practitioner will be able to access their veins.

Temperature Settings
The temperature can be selected to suit each skin type sensitive 31.5C, normal 35.5C or slightly heavier 38.5C with the Airglove automatically re-setting itself to normal skin type (setting 2: 35.5C) after each use. After 3 minutes the Airglove unit automatically switches off with an alert sound.

Patient Safety
No more improvisation with warm water, heat packs or even heated towels to try and gain access to patients veins which can be a Health & Safety issue.

Approved Medical Device
Airglove has taken 5 years of development, research, testing and trials by Green Cross Medico in conjunction with NHS Innovations South East and The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust hospital. It was developed as there was a clearly defined and acknowledged need by medical professionals at The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust hospital oncology department. Further trials will be starting shortly with Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow.
 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Airglove was initially developed for chemotherapy patients who have hidden or fragile veins and especially in patients who are in their 5th or 6th cycle of therapy.

The use of Airglove affords easier cannulation with fewer attempts being required (sometimes up to 6 attempts by 3 different staff can be attempted to access a difficult vein). This improved ease of access not only makes the patient’s experience far less traumatic, but ensures a better clinical outcome and saving valuable nursing/practitioner time and consumables.

Data regarding patient experience and resource savings. Patient evaluation trials at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital NHS Trust showed 87.5% success in cannulation on first attempt with the most difficult to cannulate patients. With cannulation success, the potential cost savings on consumables are up to £50k per oncology unit, plus the nursing/practitioner’s time. Airglove is now available and is in use or on trial in over 10 hospital trusts with more waiting for demonstrations.

Improved hygiene and reduced risk of cross infection will result from the use of Airglove vs currently used methods of locally heating the arm e.g. hot towels or buckets of warm water. Only Airglove’s single use only, double walled polythene sleeve comes into direct contact with the patient’s skin. Heated air is circulated between the double wall of the sleeve and is not directly blown across the skin and so the risk of cross contamination is reduced.

Airglove can also be used for other interventions where venous access proves difficult due to fragile or difficult to find veins e.g. routine phlebotomy.

Airglove has been developed in partnership with NHS Innovations South East and The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Hospital (MTW). It has undergone testing by the Electronics and Medical Engineering (EME) trials for temperature control and stability, and on a cohort of healthy volunteers. The Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has completed the patient evaluation trials with the oncology department. They achieved 87.5% 1st time success with their hardest to cannulate patients (MTW report available).






 
Initial Review Rating
3.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands patients and healthcare system would equally share the benefits described above for the NHS in general.

There are 13 NHS Trusts within the West Midlands having oncology departments.
 
Current and planned activity: 
Airglove is now available in the UK.

If you would like to trial Airglove for 4 weeks contact Sheena Jack 07944 519796 or email: sheena.jack@greencrossmedico.com

Airglove has been developed in partnership with NHS Innovations South East and The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Hospital (MTW). It has undergone testing by the Electronics and Medical Engineering (EME) trials for temperature control and stability, and on a cohort of healthy volunteers. The Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has completed the patient evaluation trials with the oncology department. They achieved 87.5% 1st time success with their hardest to cannulate patients (MTW report available).




We are also working on a further evaluation with the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow, along with NICE Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme.


 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Airglove is a registered Trademark.

Airglove is Patented Internationally.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
We have not implemented in scale in any other region yet, as the product will not be available commercially until June 2018. From this point on it will be available to purchase across the West Midlands region directly from Green Cross Medico until available through NHS supply Chain.
Measures:
The success of the innovation will be measured by the uptake of Airglove throughout all 160+ oncology units throughout the UK.

This will also be determined by the cost savings to the NHS, along with patient comfort and safety, which will be assessed from the success of the patient evaluation and clinical trials.

Adoption target:
If Airglove is adopted by the 13 NHS Trusts in the WM region into their respective 14 oncology units, supplying 3 Airglove units per oncology unit, this represents 42 Airglove units using 127,400 gloves per annum.

This could generate potential savings of £369,460 per annum to the Regional NHS.

Our trials and experience to date has demonstrated that the use of the Airglove system improves the efficiency of the nurse/practitioner, coupled to the direct consumable cost savings mentioned previously....in addition to the patient comfort benefits.

We can see from the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells service evaluation how much of a difference it makes to the patients comfort and safety when they can be cannulated successfully on the first attempt, and to take this to the next level where all patients not just oncology can get the benefit as there are a lot of 'old and cold' as we say that are hard to cannulate and are dehydrated too.
Adoption target:
If Airglove is adopted by the 13 NHS Trusts in the WM region into their respective 14 oncology units, supplying 3 Airglove units per oncology unit, this represents 42 Airglove units using 127,400 gloves per annum. 

This could generate potential savings of £369,460 per annum to the Regional NHS.
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Sheena Jack 10/04/2017 - 14:29 Detailed Submission 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Radar supports health and social care organisations in holistically managing all aspects of their quality and compliance activity, whether intuitively building a CQC evidence portfolio or managing audit, incidents and risk.
Overview of Innovation:
Radar Healthcare system has been developed using the latest technologies and platforms to ensure a cutting edge and sustainable solution. The system adopts proven business rules in use across the health & social care sector in the UK and incorporates the Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidelines and procedures.
 
Radar Healthcare from Smartgate Solutions has been developed in partnership with knowledgeable and respected healthcare professionals. The system is scalable and configurable to organisational needs to meet both internal and regulatory requirements.

The Radar Healthcare modules help care providers meet their daily operational challenges and associated quality and compliance requirements. 
 
Radar supports organisations by: Taking the worry out of quality & compliance
  • A responsive system, allowing you to visualise and manage risk, training and regulatory compliance across the business domain.
Gain a clear line of sight into performance
  • Intuitive and dynamic dashboards providing real-time visibility of business performance at both location and organisational levels.


Automation of key procedures for operational efficiency
  • Translating business rules and SOP’s into action through our automated workflows and action tracking.
Reduce costs
  • Supporting a systems approach delivering demonstrable ROI across business resources, time and staffing.
 Radar Healthcare is currently in use across multiple service areas including Social Care, Primary Care, Specialist Clinics, Acute Care  and Patient Transport.
 
It’s primary purpose is to assist in ensuring each organisation meets relevant regulatory compliance standards and support organisations reduce duplication and effort in managing that process.
 
It will allow existing processes and procedures to be followed more efficiently and enable the introduction of new processes and procedures that are currently unfeasible with existing systems.
 
Key Facts
  • The system is made up of specific modules, each providing a range of functions that can support organisations in their daily operational activity.
  • All Modules work collaboratively and share data to avoid duplication.
  • Data can be integrated from various sources and other software system.
  • Dashboards and reports can be viewed and created by employees, by department, by directorate or as an entire organisation.
  • Each module has the ability to accommodate pre-configured workflows aligned to your existing SOPs, policies and procedures.
 www.smartgatesolutions.co.uk
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
Radar Healthcare modules have been developed to help care providers meet their daily operational challenges and associated regulatory requirements. 
 
Adopting proven tool kits and processes, Radar Healthcare ensures compliance with the essential standards relating to the quality and safety of care as defined within the CQC and other regulatory bodies.
 
Cost Improvement (CIP) Opportunities
The CIP opportunities are variable and based upon the modules selected. Efficiency savings are realised through two specific means:
  1. Replacement of existing systems in use across the organisation
  2. Redeployment of posts supporting quality and compliance management and re-deploying skills to vacancies within the organisation
 
A high level simulation exercise exploring how the implementation of Radar could support the reduction of cost within an NHS Hospital in the North of England (approximately 3,500 staff serving a population of c250,000 people) identified potential savings of over £300,000 over a 3 year period.
 
Smartgate Solutions have developed a cost calculator capable of identifying cost against current systems and workforce requirements.
 
Efficiency Savings
Additional efficiency improvements can be realised through:
  • Ensuring compliance with CQUIN targets or other commissioning KPIs
  • Improved efficiency and productivity in managing quality and compliance activity
  • Smartgate can support organisations with their recruitment processes and reduce the time spent undertaking training post employment. Radar allows you to issue training and development content to employees prior to their engagement and for completion online, effectively tracking and monitoring their progress against the training content.
  • Reducing the time spend responding to requests from regulatory bodies and building evidence portfolios. Radar supports the on-going development of evidence portfolios, providing clear audit trails and concise reporting.
  • The system intuitively allows users and organisations to share information, allocate tasks and distribute vital information in real time. It provides a safe and effective way of sharing learning and information.
 Client Testimonial
“We are committed to delivering the highest levels of service and CQC compliance. Radar Healthcare has been the key factor in achieving and exceeding these goals.“
John Butterfield, CEO, ER Systems
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Radar supports providers and commissioners of health and care services to effectively manage and monitor their quality and compliance expectations, deliverables and regulatory requirements with greater efficiency and often with greater effectiveness.
 
Radar enables organisations to re-deploy their scarce resources to focus on the delivery of care, freeing clinical expertise from administrative activities. 
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS Activity:
Radar is currently utilised by numerous providers of health and care services, many of which provide NHS services.
 
We are currently engaged in discussions with both CCGs and NHS Foundation Trusts.
 
At present we are exploring opportunities to grow our engagement with NHS organisations and are seeking support and guidance from colleagues at WMAHSN, Medilink WM and the wider regional health and social care communities.

Planned/required activity:
  • Procurement / Adoption of: -  Growth and increased adoption of Radar across NHS provider and commissioner organisations  
  • Partnership: We are interested in exploring partnership opportunities with NHS organisations that may help to realise a financial ROI
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All product IP is wholly owned by Smartgate Solutions Ltd
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Tom Lindley 30/03/2017 - 10:44 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
In healthcare settings, Splunk is a powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tool that analyses real-time data from multiple sources — enabling managers to run more efficient healthcare services.
Overview of Innovation:
Unlike other business intelligence tools, Splunk is platform-agnostic and can address ‘ad hoc’, non pre-programmed questions. Converging Data Ltd provides secure, on-premise or a hybrid cloud solution that combines and analyses structured & unstructured data from multiple sources, including but not limited to HL7 data, even collecting data directly from internal data networks.
 
This data can be interpreted without the need for predefined schemas and structures, providing real-time performance monitoring across entire care pathway.
 
Converging Date Ltd has created specific healthcare applications utilising the Splunk software platform.

Splunk makes it simple to collect, analyse and maximise the value of big data generated by security systems and business applications and improve operational performance and results.

Healthcare Intelligence
Healthcare Services & Care Pathways can be visualised and analysed using the IT Health Intelligence solution & HIX (HL7 Health Intelligence Connector).
 
Gathering data from multiple sources, in different formats and without consistent standards is what Splunk does best. HIX takes HL7 data from PAS, Pathology, Pharmacy or Electronic Health Records and provide a clear picture of how care is being delivered in real time.


HIX allows organisations to easily collect HL7 data commonly transferred between clinical and administration systems.
 
The Care Pathway Profiling tool allows data to be represented in a form that can be mapped to local physical or logical care pathways.  Alerting options ensure that the right people are notified when thresholds in service levels are reached.
 
Patient Flow
This powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence tool analyses real-time data from multiple sources, enabling managers to run more efficient healthcare services. By gathering existing structured and unstructured data from across the organisation Splunk allows healthcare providers to view the entire care pathway and direct resources to address rapidly changing conditions.
 
The Patient Flow module can easily be tuned to match local care pathways and service delivery models. Advanced analytics can be used to track organisation’s KPIs and highlight anomalies & identify root causes.

The Patient Flow module uses the Healthcare Common Information Model (HCIM) that ensures data received from multiple systems can be mapped to HL7 standards and local nomenclature. HCIM allows searching and reporting across systems which are interdependent, but not interconnected.
 
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: 
Wealth creation / Digital health / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
The use of real-time data allows resources to be more efficiently deployed and problems to be more easily identified and addressed. Our ability to deploy across existing data sources means it’s fast to deploy and can demonstrate value within days.
 
We have worked with healthcare organisations to improve operational efficiency tracking patient flow, demographic breakdown of A&E arrivals, real-time location services within healthcare organisations. This allows more to be delivered with fewer resources and equipment and services to be tracked and located more quickly.
 
We have also provided detailed reporting and analysis of operating theatre utilisation and the actual costs associated with delivery of specific procedures. The real-time nature and alerting capability means that this is no longer a retrospective view, but an up to date view of what’s happening right now within a complex organisation.
 
Our Analytics Capability can also be used to address cyber security. The Splunk platform once deployed, delivers a powerful analytics driven Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) capability.
  • Splunk is installed within the NHS, and within one of the UK’s largest private hospitals.
  • Splunk is used to support NHS Digital services such as Spine and NHS Choices. 
  • Internationally we are working with Public healthcare organisations in Australia.
 NHS Choices: ‘By using Splunk Enterprise, NHS Choices has been able to improve the service it delivers to website users. The organization is now looking at new ways to deliver value from its website data, including helping the partner team track usage of content provided to over 600 syndication partners, and building product-specific dashboards for the product owners showing detailed performance and transaction status for key areas of the site’.

www.convergingdata.com
 
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Benefits from the deployment of this technology will be realised through better utilisation of resources and the ability to view the status of the organisation in real-time.
Current and planned activity: 
Current NHS Activity:
Rotherham NHS Trust (Pathology and Laboratory Data Services) - use Splunk to collect HL7 Data and provide visibility across Pathology and Laboratory activity.

NHS Digital: Splunk is used by NHS digital to support national IT infrastructures such as Spine and NHS Choices.

Planned/Required Activity: Planning Stage
Luton & Dunstable NHS FT  - NHS Patient Flow and Capacity Management System – to provide visibility across the patient care pathway. Splunk will be used to ‘pull’ data from clinical and administrative systems from across the Trust, including HL7 Data, creating dashboards, reports and alerts to show activity and highlight bottlenecks. Deployment initially with internal systems then rolled out to 3rd party organisations who provide care.

International:
  • Middlesex Hospital USA
  • Ongoing projects with Australian Department of Health and the Australian Digital Health Authority.
  • We are also supplying analytics capabilities into one of the UK’s largest private hospitals.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP protection is afforded by a mix of proprietary applications with Converging Data IP in some connectors and point applications.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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