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':
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 - 15:55 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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Ian Litchfield 03/11/2017 - 13:18 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Patchwork is an award-winning solution built by doctors and HR managers, that connects NHS organisations to a growing pool of healthcare workers, reducing the reliance on locum agencies and improving the experience of flexible bank working.
Overview of Innovation:
Patchwork is an award-winning solution built by doctors and HR managers, that connects NHS organisations to a growing pool of healthcare workers, reducing the reliance on locum agencies and improving the experience of flexible bank working. 

Patchwork’s mission is to completely revolutionise the way temporary staffing is currently managed; helping NHS organisations save money, free up time and improve patient safety. 

Firstly, Patchwork helps NHS organisations save money and gain financial control by connecting staff banks directly to healthcare workers without agencies. Secondly, Patchwork frees-up time and reduces stress by automating complex and repetitive tasks. Thirdly, Patchwork improves patient safety by increasing bank fill rates to ensure safe staffing levels with compliant workers. 

Patchwork does this all via its mobile app for bank workers, and a cloud-based software for hospital managers. The solution is entirely tailored and flexible to each Trust’s unique challenges, and is implemented by Patchwork’s team of specialist temporary staffing advisors.

Patchwork is built in partnership with Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It has been appointed as a Crown Commercial Services supplier for Flexible Resource Pool (RM6158) and is co-owned by the British Medical Journal; reaching over 72,000 doctors every week.
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:
 
Example of Patchwork’s impact at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust:
  • Since the launch of Patchwork’s first pilot at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust, the Trust has seen:
- £1.2 million saved annually on agency spend
- >90% fill rate Bank vs Agency
- 500% increase (1490 doctors) on staff bank
- 84% of shifts booked 4 weeks in advance
 
Patchwork primarily targets hospital efficiency & reduction of agency spending but could equally be used by smaller clinical establishments.

Reduced Reliance on Agencies
  • 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).
Recruitment Support
  • Increase of clinicians in staff pool – Flexibility, personal control & transparency
  • Competition for available shifts – leading to early booked shift vacancies
  • Competitive adjustment of hourly rates – Staff selecting their own pay-rate (in Confidence)
  • Real-time data - Increase in proactive planning – Wards, Departments and Locums selecting their preferred shifts - Gamification
 
Automated and Streamlined Service
  • Reduction in Workload of HR by reducing the administrative burden of managing the bank. Removal of inefficient and unreliable methods of communication, such as interrupting clinicians with numerous cold calls and emails to establish availability and firm up bookings.
Morale Increased
  • No high Staff turnover 
  • Ability to take on other productive tasks e.g. recruitment drives
  • Greater Cross-cover for unfilled gaps in the rota – ability for staff to gain new experiences and insights
  • Minimum Admin Stress – reduction of time pressure
  • Reduced Workload for staff bank – reduced chasing and changes to information
     
 
Quality
  • End to mistakes due to human error & associated costs.
    Paperless Timesheets and payroll outputs for finance, meaning fewer errors and reduction of Admin & Finance time dealing with queries & disputes
  • Increase of full shift coverage – leading to less stress for HR staff stress and clinical/ward staff stress
  • Increasing the Choice for HR staff due to large pool of Trust staff being available
  • Better Management oversight on locum activity and spend
  • Consistent and trusted locums – Staff who know the hospital systems, procedures and protocols
  • Fewer opportunities for errors due to unfamiliarity with the hospital or insufficient induction
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Within the Management Function, Patchwork facilitates:
  • 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://patchwork.health for further information
 
In early 2019, the NHS published its Long Term Plan which set out how “improved technology will mean that services are organised and delivered more efficiently, which will contribute to improved productivity.  One of the key areas for improvement is in delivery of temporary medical staffing where the national picture suggests medical banks are on average used less effectively than for other staff groups, with less than 1 in 4 temporary staffing shifts being filled by a bank worker rather than agency.

In order to maintain patient safety, it is imperative to have adequate ward cover of medical staff.  Patchwork streamlines the recruitment and onboarding of bank staff to join York Teaching Hospitals and helps to improve overall fill rates.  Patchwork empowers these (often substantive) staff who are familiar with the patients, policies and procedures of NHS organisations to work additional shifts rather than relying on agency staff who often only work on a very short term basis.  As reported by a study in the King’s Fund (2018), patient experience is negatively associated with “higher spend on agency staff and fewer doctors”
 
Current and planned activity: 
Patchwork is currently live in twelve NHS Trusts. Plans are to continue to expand into other NHS organisations, development of collaborative banks and movement into other staffing groups. 

Requests: 
Opportunities for:
  • Links to relevant stakeholders and acute Trusts
  • Promotion of the benefits Patchwork can bring to their organisations – reduced reliance on premium agencies, improved patient care, huge cost savings, ensuring safe levels of medical cover, increased morale.
  • Accelerate adoption of Patchwork innovation
  • Bringing data-driven decision making to organisations and collaboration (e.g. control centre)
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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Jing Ouyang 08/09/2017 - 15:54 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Cladribine is a new oral therapy for the treatment of highly active Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is effective in reducing relapses and can substantially reduce the administration and monitoring burden associated with other therapies currently in use.
Overview of Innovation:
The MS Society estimates that there are approximately 107,000 people with MS in the UK, and that each year 5,000 people are newly diagnosed with the condition. This means around one in every 600 people in the UK has MS. MS is between two to three times more common in women than men.
 
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and debilitating autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system.  In Multiple Sclerosis, the body’s own immune cells mistakenly attack the myelin that surrounds nerve fibres, leading to nerve damage.
 
Cladribine is a small oral molecule, developed by Merck, that selectively reduces the number and activity of these immune cells (B and T lymphocytes) and modulates cytokines. There is only a transient and relatively small effect on the innate immune cells such as neutrophils.
 
Cladribine Tablets have been investigated in 4 main phase II/III studies in MS. In a Phase III study (CLARITY), 3.5mg/kg Cladribine Tablets over 2 years (n = 433) with significantly reduced annualised relapse rates (ARR) by 77.8% in patients with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis compared with placebo (n = 437) (p<0.001).
 
A phase IIIb extension study (CLARITY EXT) confirmed that the initial 2 year treatment with 3.5 mg/kg Cladribine Tablets was effective in reducing the frequency of relapses in years 3 and 4 by 75.6%.
 
A post hoc analysis of the CLARITY data, which focused on a subgroup with High Disease Activity, provided a consistent treatment effect on relapses for Cladribine Tablets compared with placebo.
 
The safety profile of Cladribine Tablets has been thorougly investigated in the 4 main phase II/III clinical studies and an ongoing PREMIERE registry.
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 / Wealth creation / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
  • Cladribine has the potential to deliver high efficacy without continuous suppression of the immune system;this results in a manageable safety and tolerability profile and low administration and monitoring burden.
     
  • Cladribine tablets are an oral therapy that selectively targets the immune system to produce effective disease control for up to 4 years with only 10 days of treatment per year for the first 2 years.
     
  • Cladribine tablets broaden treatment options for commissioners, clinicians and patients with highly-active MS.
     
  • Cladribine has the potential to substantially reduce the overall volume of administration and monitoring and of associated costs.
In addition, in many areas of England, MS specialist nurses (who bear much of the responsibility for administration and monitoring) are currently working at or above their patient capacity. The use of Cladribine has the potential to substantially free up this specialist nurse resource

CLADRIBINE IS THE ONLY MS THERAPY WHICH HAS RECEIVED A 'RAPID UPTAKE' DESIGNATION FROM THE ACCELERATED ACCESS COLLABORATIVE.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands Region has approximately 9,360 MS patients of which 1,363 are
estimated to be on MS treatments for highly active MS.
 
If these 1,363 patients had been treated with Cladribine as opposed to current therapies, an estimated saving of £18.1 million could be made over a 4 year period.
The above figures do not include the 20% VAT which is charged on MS therapies which are dispensed and administered in hospital Trusts (mainly infused MS therapies).

In addition,the availability of an oral alternative reduces the need for patients to attend hospital Trusts which may be located substantial distances from where the patients live.
Current and planned activity: 
Current activity
An agreement has been made with NHS England which provides an up front discount and also a rebate if the product is discontinued and replaced by another MS therapy during the expected 4 yr treatment window. 
NICE approval occured on 6th Dec.2017( TA 493 ).
Planned activity
MS treatments are traditionally prescribed by MS specialists based in hospital Trusts. However, the bulk of the costs of administration and monitoring are borne by CCGs.
Increases in the volumes of monitoring of specialised medicines are also creating service and governance challenges in some localities.
 
There is therefore a need to move from taking a purely secondary care to a cross-sector perspective when considering which treatments are most clinically and economically appropriate.
 
The support of West Midlands AHSN would therefore be very much welcomed in facilitating discussions between the relevant service stakeholders and to ensure a cross-sector perspective.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The product license holder in the UK is Merck Serono Ltd
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Richard Lomas 27/06/2017 - 13:14 Publish 1 comment
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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 - 18:12 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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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 - 11:44 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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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
ScanNav is a software package providing discrete, real-time support to sonographers during the FASP 20 week fetal anomaly ultrasound scan. ScanNav acts as a helpful peer review, an intelligent checklist ensuring complete, fit for purpose scans.
Overview of Innovation:
ScanNav® is a software package that provides support to sonographers during the 20 week fetal anomaly scan. It gives real time feedback to the screener on whether paused images are fit for purpose, and on whether the protocol has been followed. It is a peer review, a checklist with which the sonographer may disagree at any time.
  • Trained by human experts
  • Consistent
  • Objective
  • Always available
ScanNav:
  • Supports and assists in the supervision of newly qualified sonographers.
  • Provides oversight of locum sonographers.
  • Performs automated, prospective second trimester anomaly scan audit.
  • Provides real-time support for sonographers.
Newly qualified sonographers ideally need another sonographer in the room to assist with their scanning and with quality control, but peer review is time consuming, disruptive, subjective, and a more senior sonographer can’t be there 100% of the time.
 
ScanNav® automatically examines each image as soon as the sonographer presses pause.
It determines which (if any) FASP fetal anatomy view it represents. It then assesses fitness for purpose against the FASP criteria, reporting that opinion graphically, and giving the sonographer the option to disagree if they wish.
 
If the sonographer agrees, then no interaction is necessary.
 
If the sonographer choses to save the image, ScanNav® adds those criteria to the overall record of the view.
 
A separate interface allows managers to examine individual scans or aggregate performance against FASP criteria.  Over time, as the system observes many scans, statistics on scan completeness and quality are collated and can be presented as an audit report.
 
The sonographer always retains primacy. ScanNav® acts as a consistent colleague. ScanNav® always allows the sonographer to disagree with it.
 
www.intelligentultrasound.com
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 / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
ScanNav increases the efficiency of sonographers and managers in the 20-week FASP anomaly scan by
 
  • Supporting and assisting in the supervision of newly qualified sonographers.
  • Providing oversight of locum sonographers.
  • Performing automated, prospective second trimester anomaly scan audit.
  • Providing real-time support for sonographers.
 
Using ScanNav considerably reduces the effort required to provide comprehensive peer review and oversight of sonographers.

With ScanNav, the sonographer has immediate feedback on any paused image, identifying which criteria are present, and an automatic intelligent checklist that keeps track of progress through the scan. At the end of the scan, the user or their supervisor can see exactly what has been saved, and can comment, or take further action to complete the scan, as appropriate.

Supervisors can, at any time, easily see overall statistics on sonographer performance, enabling them to instantly examine any images where
 
  • The scan is not complete.
  • The sonographer has disagreed with ScanNav (ruling in or out criteria).
  • The sonographer has continued to save images where the view was already complete.

This can help guide training and support. ScanNav fits naturally into the standard workflow to enable time savings. Further efficiency savings are expected to be demonstrated once the initial software rollout start in mid-2017.

For managers, ScanNav® LFR enables automatic 100% audit of FASP 20 week views, something that is currently impractical.
 
Quality goal.

It is also hoped that ScanNav will improve outcomes. A retrospective audit at one NHS trust showed that nearly 50% of scans had at least one missing view. There are many reasons why this might legitimately be the case – e.g. high maternal BMI or unhelpful fetal position, but ScanNav helps to ensure that any views missed are done so explicitly, with reasons for the missing view recorded. This has both quality and medico-legal benefits, allowing compliance with protocol and due diligence to be easily and reliably demonstrated.
Initial Review Rating
3.67 (3 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
It is well known there is a continued shortage of sonographers. With recruitment being difficult, training and retaining sonographers to reduce reliance on agency workers is the ideal solution, but this inevitably increases pressure on experienced sonographers.

Experienced staff invest a lot of effort and time when training and supporting newly qualified sonographers. Likewise, locum sonographers may require significant supervision from experienced members of the team - adding to an ever-increasing workload. ScanNav will considerably reduce the time needed to provide this support, increasing capacity and reducing costs.

It is also hoped that ScanNav® will improve outcomes. A retrospective audit at one NHS trust showed that nearly 50% of scans had at least one missing view. There are many reasons why this might legitimately be the case – e.g. high maternal BMI or unhelpful fetal position. ScanNav helps to ensure that any views missed are done so explicitly. The live automatic checklist makes it easy to see if any views are still outstanding, and the software will prompt the sonographer to easily record the reason for any missing views at the end of the scan, eliminating accidentally missed views.
Current and planned activity: 
ScanNav has been trained using a team of experienced NHS sonographers and over 370,000 ultrasound images, and tested with 60 professionals across 31 clinical and governance institutions, A prototype has been used at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. A demonstration of the software has been shown to two UK trusts so far, and the sonographers preferred ScanNav to manual peer review.

This demonstration of the software is now available to potential Limited First Release (LFR) partners. We want sites to use the CE marked beta software free of charge to assess utility and report back as part of a post market surveillance exercise.

We would like to work with sites to assess how the software enables them to change practice. As a part of this, we would perform an anonymous analysis of one year’s prior images saved under FASP. A full analysis of the completeness and fitness for purpose would be undertaken, allowing a direct comparison of performance before and after the introduction of ScanNav LFR.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP held by company. Simulator is not applicable to patients. LFR release will hold a medical CE mark.
 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Gordon McKenzie 27/03/2017 - 09:22 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
doDOC streamlines collaboration by bringing people and processes together into a single platform, with end-to-end auditability, saving up to 70% in documentation time.
Overview of Innovation:
Life Science and Academic organizations operate in an extremely document-intensive, highly regulated environment. doDOC support this critical process of producing collaborative, compliant, quality documents within tight deadlines.
Whether working with a few individuals or large geographically diverse teams, doDOC makes the co-authoring, review and approval process less painful and more efficient by ensuring neither document quality nor deadlines are compromised in a integrated platform solution.
 
Documentation processes are typically managed in silos by multiple software in each working group of individuals leading to errors, duplicated information and delays, wasting billions of working hours every year.
 
doDOC proposal is simple: a single collaborative platform for the creation of documents with granular control over information processes and a system capable of integrating information from multiple sources avoiding duplication and manual tasks, generating a comprehensive audit trail with measurable effectiveness.


 
How doDOC does that?
1 – Streamlining collaboration and avoiding typical project miscommunication problems;
2 – Automating workflows, ensuring that the right people is doing the right thing in the right moment;
3 – Changing the writing process from a step by step reality to a concurrent and symbiotic experience;
4 – Bringing automation to technical tasks related with document production that until now undermine productivity;
5 – And since doDOC tracks every single event over the entire project, doDOC provides unique insights to allow managers and team members to track progress and access performance in real-time.
 
This change in the technology behind the creation of information allows doDOC users to decrease immensely the total time for the execution of their document-based projects.
 
doDOC Features:
Absolute Security: Full confidentiality, integrity, availability and auditability;
Real-time Collaboration: Collaborate in real-time across departments, regions and organizations.
Automatic Formatting: Full focus on content and automated publishing;
Full Control: Notifications, roles and accesses controlled automatically;
Information Integration: Centralize all records and information in one place;
Custom Workflows: Drive processes automatically and improve efficiency;
Simple Project Management: Optimize virtual teams and operations;
100% Traceability: Provide real-time insight with activity dashboards.

More about doDOC Platform: doDOC Product
More about doDOC: Website
 
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 / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
doDOC is a proven cost effective solution for the document co-authoring, review and approval process, providing an excellent return on investment (20X ROI) with both tangible and intangible benefits.
 
Key benefits to NHS by the use of doDOC is the streamlining of cooperation among healthcare professionals with impact on the following areas: patients, processes and knowledge.
 
Improved Patient Care: The complexity of managing patients’ health records requires a cooperative effort that encompasses all of the healthcare professionals involved in their care, each in his/her area of expertise, in order to achieve the best outcomes. doDOC streamlines report generation, focus on the content and decrease the time spent in administrative tasks.
 
Better Process Efficiency: Another variable mentioned when analyzing the usefulness of working together was improving the process. By employing doDOC, the organization is automating the application of standard operational procedures and ensuring compliance with best practices. This improvement in the processes leads to greater efficiency and to an increase in the quality of the healthcare given to the patients.
 
Promoting Knowledge: The importance of collaborative work was also noted for facilitating knowledge among professionals, optimizing time and resources. doDOC allows sharing information in a more effective manner. By controlling information across the network, professionals provide knowledge that is securely shared, with improved health being the result.
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
doDOC will promote greater collaboration between the West Midlands Health Organizations: Universities / Hospitals / Companies have with doDOC a single collaborative and secure platform to create value and generate positive impact for the local population.
Current and planned activity: 
doDOC currently works with Top10 Pharmaceutical Companies and world-leading research organizations.
doDOC aims to streamline collaboration across life science and healthcare institutions by simplifying the collaborative effort within document-based projects.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Registered Trademark
Trade Secret
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
SEEING WHAT OTHERS SEE, AND WHAT THEY EXPERIENCE IN THE PROCESS
Eye Control, Eye Perception, Eye Emotion
Affordable,Intelligent Digital Eyewear
Overview of Innovation:
Eye Hyper Tracking System - Smart Wearable
Viewpointsystem has developed a completely new system to measure and understand human perception through the eyes.
The Eye Hyper Tracking doesn't just capture the line of sight,but also how the person reacts to what is seen. The system in the form of smart lightweight safety rated glasses allows extremely precise measuring of observations and insights coupled with the ability to SHARE what is being seen via REMOTE LIVE STREAMING.
  • Telemedicine - A health professional can conduct or instruct a procedure with the aid of a precise hands free view.
  • Training - Any aspect of training can be covered, be it a live event or with the ability to record 'what is seen' it can be then shared, learned from and shown as a unique prespective into the instructor or wearers' viewpoint and preception
  • Paramedic / 1st Responder - Imagine a world where an expert can see what you are looking at and give you on the spot support. Envisage a paramedic or 1st responder calling in advance to show the recieving hospital the extent or seriousness of a situation
  • Improving Results - Instructions are often given and confirmed as being understood, communication is key in getting things right first time. With a view of 'how' to carry out a instruction, in certain circumstances a person viewing your first attempt is both supportive and safe.
  • Reducing Costs - Specialists cannot be everywhere all of the time. With a live streaming function, they are only ever a click away to see what you see, thus reducing the need to travel, rebook appointments, move from place to place.
The system has truely endless possibilites. Having been in the scientific arena for a number of years it is proven to be relaible and very accurate. Our system takes the technology from the lab into the real world, being light, highly mobile and robust it is user friendly, simple and smart.

The revolution in the measurement and interpretation of human perception has truly begun.
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
Benefit to NHS:
NHS Benefits
  • Efficiency - Simulation of scenarios for training
  • Efficiency - Centrally situated teams all viewing the same situation though the same perspective
  • Efficiency - 1st Responder / Paramedic support given, time saved when arrival at hospital, faster turnaround times
  • Efficiency - Right 1st time approach to training, supportive and inclusive
  • Efficiency - Faster turnaround times for paramedics at hospitals
  • Cost Benefit - Travel of key staff and personnel
  • Cost Benefit - Training budgets reduced to all areas
  • Cost Benefit - Specialists can support remotely, no need to always attend sites
  • Cost Benefit - Abilty to simulate a scenario or situation. Feedback could be given by instructor remotely
  • Cost Benefit - General hospital infastructure - The system is applicable to services outside of medical arena - IT support, Machinery supplier support, building support.
Initial Review Rating
4.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The system is designed to support all industries with medical being a specific area.
Our system not only enables faster, safer, most cost efficent ways of doing things, it provides an enabler to reduce time and improve effectivness.
Any improvements or cost savings can only help improve patient or colleagues healthcare, reduce waiting lists and improve services. It is also key to ensure the highly trained dedicated staff have every possible piece of equipment to help improve their working life balance and conditions.
Current and planned activity: 
Our current status is to engage with all 15 AHSN's in the UK.
Our system was only launched in UK in Sept 2016, and we have only just started to engage with the UK health sector.
We have a number of doctors, paramedics and hospitals trialing our system in Europe, and we have just engaged with a leading surgeon in USA who is keen to try our technology, as he was the first surgeon to use Google Glasses to carry out a live stream procedure.

Our primary intention is to be seen and heard by the NHS. We are keen to visit and demonstrate the system and possibilites first hand, as we are not a concept as we have an actual fully functioning system ready to use.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We have IP on certain elements of the system.
Eye tracking is commonly adopted in VR/AR system is various guises.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Graham German 23/02/2017 - 13:14 Publish 1 comment
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Aptvision is revolutionary to the radiology sector providing a paperless & cost effective workflow.  Designed with radiology experts, practiced in-depth and customised to meet the specific needs of today’s modern & demanding radiology environment.
Overview of Innovation:
Total Radiology Solution including RIS and other innovative solutions has been designed to increase efficiency in hospitals and clinics - not just to store patients’ data. It’s unique innovation can be seen in:
  • Cost savings and increased productivity
  • Increase revenues for hospitals and clinics: web booking, schedule optimisation
  • Reduce errors and staff duties
 
Aptvision RIS is the most innovative RIS on the market offering fully paperless workflow from start to finish: eReferral letters automatically attached to the RIS, e-consent forms, Online Results, etc. Aptvision RIS also assures:
  • Electronic access to all documentation and forms
  • Quick access to all medical history
  • Fully web based, no installation - just the web browser
  • Ability to report on studies from any location without a need of installing dedicated software on individual doctor’s PC.
 
Much more than a standard RIS, Total Radiology Solution offers:
  • Fully integrated Web Booking in which patients can book their appointment like a seat on an airplane. From the clinic’s website patients can see which appointments are available for the type of exam they need and book it immediately.
  • Aptvision’s system automatically provides a call back from a clinic’s Call Centre, to verify the selected appointment and go through safety questions. The operator is prompted by the system to ask the appropriate questions.
  • This feature has reduced the 40% dropped calls rate to zero and practically eradicated no shows and errors.
  • Before the appointment, the patient receives a SMS Reminder of their visit and gains access to the Online Consent Form. They can complete it on their phone or computer before their visit day.
  • On the appointment day, patients can use Online Registration in the clinic using the interactive kiosk or tablet & without the need to stand in a long queue at the reception. They can also monitor their live updated waiting time on dedicated monitors.
  • The electronic consent form as well as all previous medical history is attached to patient’s record in Total Radiology System leading to completely Paperless Workflow. Once the appointment is completed, patient is informed with an SMS telling them their results are ready and can be viewed in the Online Results portal if this is appropriate.
  • Voice Recognition to more quickly create medical reports
  • Scan Audits to improve the quality of the reports and enable sharing of expertise.
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: 
Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
Revenues increase
  • Across 16 clinics in Ireland we have facilitated savings of up to €600,000 per clinic through reducing no-shows, errors and through modality optimisation
  • We have also increased revenues by €2.4 million in an 18-month period through web-booking and e-referrals
 
Efficiency increase and cost reduction
Through fully paperless workflow
  • An advanced, configurable, fully integrated e-referral platform feeding actual availability of modalities
  • E-referral letters automatically attached to the RIS, e-consent forms, Online Results, etc
  • Electronic access to all documentation and forms
  • Quick access to all medical history
  • ensure scan is possible and safe for patient (availability & safety questions)
Reduction of manual processes
  • Fully business rules driven without manual intervention
  • Built-in processes for auto scheduling and bulk appointment operations
  • No re-typing of information
  • No web booking missed
  • Medical call centre takes over all calls so reception could focus on patients and their needs
  • Interactive kiosks, tablets and monitors allow patients to register online without a need to come to reception
Improved Patient satisfaction
  • Reduced waiting times for scans and results
  • Ensures patients safety and enhances patient experience at all stages of their appointments (web booking, online forms and results, SMS notifications, online registration etc.)
 
Quality improvement
Peer review feature that allows anonymous review of radiology reports by random peer
 
Better hospital/clinic management
Live updated personalized dashboards for quicker decision making and detailed reporting: revenue reports, comprehensive operations reports, etc.
 
Savings in time
  • Quick system implementation - within few days, not months
  • Easy and intuitive up and running in 30 mins
  • Improvements visible from day one
 
Existing customers have reported statistics of:
  • Modalities capacity increase of 30%
  • 1 extra scan per hour
  • 10 more booking per day
  • Reduced reporting time 20min -> 4min
  • 50 reports per day vs 15
"Aptvision is revolutionary to the radiology sector and is the key to a paperless workflow. It improves daily operations and leads to quicker reporting times and early diagnosis. My experience suggests that Aptvision RIS increases a clinic's efficiency and bottom line from day one and has been the answer to our digital problem in one step."

Prof. Michael Maher
Consultant Radiologist, Cork University Hospital
Professor of Radiology, University College Cork
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
With rapidly increasing demand for diagnostic imaging and hospital and clinics workflow heavily relying on paper and manual duties radiology providers are sometimes unable to cope with that increased demand and provide their diagnostic in efficient and timely manner which can result in patient dissatisfaction and in some cases even lost lives.

Aptvision Total Radiology Solution offers a solution that can revolutionize radiology industry by promoting efficiency and paperless workflow that increases productivity in hospitals and clinic and ultimately benefits patients and their lives.
Our innovative features can benefit patients in numerous manner including:
  • Better and quicker access to radiology
     
  • Reduced waiting times for scans and results which can save lives
     
  • Ensures patients safety and enhances patient experience at all stages of their appointments (web booking, online forms and results, SMS notifications, online registration etc.)
     
  • Quality improvement - Peer review feature that allows anonymous review of radiology reports by random peer. It improves the quality of the reports, enhances share of expertise and allows discussion of interesting cases with experts in anonymous manner. This hugely benefits patients and again helps to save lives
     
  • Make use of modern ecommerce technologies to patients
Current and planned activity: 
Aptvision has just completed the Serendip programme.

We have applied for late inclusion into supplychain RIS/PACS frameworks.

We are actively engaging with Queen's hospital (BHR hospitals trust). We have presented the system and received a very positive response and we are currently organising a full day workshop with all staff.

We are presenting shortly to Black County Alliance.

We are seeking to work in partnership with an NHS Trust to deliver an early demonstrator for the NHS.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Full intellectual property of all applications and solutions is owned by Aptvision Ltd.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
2 years
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Fiona Smith 14/02/2017 - 12:23 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Replace paper forms with digital forms, and integrate with time/material/asset mgmt. system.
Overview of Innovation:
Summary marketing video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li-zNgGm6FE

Boost Productivity, Workplace Safety and Reliability with "myJobCard". 

“myJobCard” is a mobile Work and Asset Management application which integrates with SAP ERP and come with an inbuilt dynamic form engine.
“myJobCard” brings together best practice from our extensive experience of deploying Mobile Asset Management solutions, incorporates feedback provided by our customers, and leverages latest advancements in mobile technology.
 
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 / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Increased Productivity
1. Save time needed to convert paper forms to electronic forms.
2. Sending jobs directly to staff and get updates in real time in backend system on job updates.
3. Show history of asset repairs to avoid repeated issues.
Reduce cost
1. Better management of materials required to carry out certain jobs
2. Cost savings from increased productivity
3. Cost savings by reducing IT involvement in form creation process.
Better analytics
1. Optimise working time against the waste through better analytics based on real time and accurate capture of information
2. Better decision making based on accurate and better capture of information.
Initial Review Rating
1.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
1. Cost savings of NHS service to public and nation as a whole
2. Assets uptime increased
3. No need to provide information time and again to fil forms. some information auto-populated.
Current and planned activity: 
myJobCard has been launched recently in the market and we are looking for pilots/PoC customers.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
There isn't any IP in the app which can be protected. App is protected through copyright.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Innovation is global in nature and is scalable.
Measures:
1. Improved productivity
2. Imprved Data Quality
3. Improved Health and Safety
Adoption target:
Target for WM are 2-3 customers by end of year.
Globally we are looking at 10-15 customers in first year.
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Navdeep Singla 02/02/2017 - 14:02 Detailed Submission Login or Register to post comments
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We believe that without massive intrusion, or changing the way our loved ones want to live life, the 3rings platform can harness the power of the Internet of Things to provide protection and safety to our ageing loved ones.
Overview of Innovation:
A ‘Thing’ is a small device or sensor that sends information over the internet. 3rings works with a range of Things (sensors) that passively monitor a person’s daily routine, from a simple plug through to the Amazon Echo which can be used to create a unique safety net of care. Start off with a simple plug that lets you know the person you care for is up and about and add new Things as needed.
 
 
With 3rings it’s simple to include family, friends and other carers in your circle of trust. 3rings gives daily reassurance by sending emails and messages to the 3rings App as well as timely alerts by text or calls when changes in behaviour could be cause for concern.
 
The 3rings Portal allows you to stay informed and up-to-date regarding the person you care for. The connected Things or 3rings Plug enabled appliance lets the 3rings Platform know each time activity is sensed and current information is displayed so you know that things are OK. If no signal has been received you will be alerted.

 The 3rings Plug turns an existing appliance such as a kettle, microwave or TV into a simple sensor. You can set flexible rules that suit the person you care for, for example “I expect mom to make a cup of tea between 9 and 11 each morning”.  Your 3rings Plug will alert you if that cup of tea isn’t made, directly to your smartphone, tablet or computer. The 3rings Plug lets your 3rings Portal know each time a connected appliance is turned on/off via its in-built ‘mobile phone’. The 3rings Portal listens for the message, which it expects between the times that you have set to let you know the person you care for is active and OK, or if no signal has been received you will be alerted.
 
A range of Things is available that can let you know, for example, if the person you care for is living in an environment which is too cold or equally too hot, motion sensors can be placed around the home to give a clear picture of activity, supporting healthcare professionals to plan the right level of care that may be required. Activity sensors allow for the monitoring of fridge and microwave doors, if no activity is seen on the fridge, microwave or the food cupboard it may suggest that the person you care for is not eating properly enabling early intervention and sensors can also be attached to doors to detect activity.
 
The 3rings Cloud Portal lets you decide when to check the 3rings Things and Plug for activity and who should be notified for alerts.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Despite considerable efforts to plan hospital discharges well, emergency readmissions within 28 days of leaving hospital run at around 15% for people aged over 65 in England and overall numbers are rising.   Improving support for older people at home, either to prevent hospital admission (or readmission) or to facilitate discharge when they are ready to leave hospital – is key to patient flow. (Source: http://bit.ly/2tN2KIA)
 
There can be limited understanding of what happens over the entirety of the period of time between the original spell in hospital the 28 or less days in the community. Monitoring patients effectively after hospital discharge can aid healthcare teams to recognise early warning signs and intervene before an emergency readmission becomes necessary.
 
Using 3rings technology, patients who have been discharged can be monitored more closely and interventions put in place at an earlier stage to help to prevent readmission. 3rings sensors are battery-powered, and can be mounted anywhere you'd like to know what's going on.
 
The information delivered by the sensors provides valuable information for care professionals to assess a person’s care needs. With tools available such as our PAL (Pattern of Active Life) you can easily understand what is happening when, helping you to plan the best way to care.
 
Sensors connect wirelessly to a 3rings Hub (a small box with one or two aerials) installed in the home, that work with or without an existing internet connection. The 3rings sensors are powered by small ‘coin’ batteries with a normal life of around 12 months. Up to 50 3rings sensors can be connected to a single hub, so they can work equally well in a community housing scheme or an individual's home.
 
All 3rings sensors can work individually or in groups of the same or different types to allow you to build the safety net of care that is needed to support a person in their own home.
 
As the number of people aged 60 and over is projected to increase from 14.9m in 2014 to 21.9m by 2039, and as part of this growth, the number of over-85s is estimated to more than double from 1.5 million in 2014 to 3.6 million by 2039 (source: http://bit.ly/1kXa3DA) the provision of more support for older patients returning home safely after a hospital stay will reduce the risk of readmission to hospital.
 
 
3rings technology can also be used to support hospital discharge for a number of conditions, for example stroke and hip/knee replacement.
Benefit to WM population:
Hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates are subject to a financial penalty.  Factors outside the hospital’s control include patients’ age, gender, race, number of previous admissions, clinical conditions, discharge destination, access to primary care, and length of stay (Billings et al., 2006; Howell et al., 2009; Lyratzopoulos et al., 2005; Weinberger et al., 1996; Holland et al., 2005; Camberg et al., 1997). (Source: http://bit.ly/2tmsEQ4)
 
3rings technology can help the region’s NHS in avoiding, or reducing to a minimum, readmission following discharge from hospital for certain types of patient co-horts.
 
If a person does not recover well, it is more likely that they will require hospital treatment again within the 30 days following their previous admission, thus, readmissions are widely used as an indicator of the success of healthcare in helping people to recover.
 
In the West Midlands (2010/11) there were 497,022 observed hospital discharges with 61,129 observed readmissions (source: https://indicators.hscic.gov.uk/webview/)
 
There can be limited understanding of what happens over the entirety of the period of time between the original spell in hospital the 28 or less days in the community. Monitoring patients effectively after hospital discharge can aid healthcare teams to recognise early warning signs and intervene before an emergency readmission becomes necessary.
 
Using 3rings technology, patients who have been discharged can be monitored more closely and interventions put in place at an earlier stage to help to prevent readmission. 3rings sensors are battery-powered, and can be mounted anywhere you'd like to know what's going on.
Current and planned activity: 
We would like to see greater regional awareness of technology to support hospital discharge and would like to work with regional health providers to focus on supporting patients in their home to reduce readmission rates and to use technology enabled care to deliver services that are truly person centred. 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Optimised Equivalent® to best performing & highest volume branded orthopaedic implants (>1,000,000 patients), coupled with significant savings. Equivalent manufacture, materials, tolerances & sizes, along with operational technique & instrumentation.
Overview of Innovation:
The UK is the first country in the world to benefit from applying the principle of generics to orthopaedic products. Generic medicines have been a core part of the NHS since the 1980s, offering the same clinical outcomes for patients as originator drugs and now contributing over £12 billion in savings every year that can be reinvested into the health service (1)

With >66,000 NHS hip replacement operations performed every year (2) switching to generic hip implants from the current market leaders, the NHS could save up to £120 million by 2020 - enough to fund over 1,400 junior nurses every year (2,3,4)

This is well-timed following Lord Carter’s Review, which found that large efficiency savings can be made by all NHS hospitals – notably in orthopaedics. Some of these savings can be made by reducing the current variation in patient outcomes (5)
 
Evidence from over 1,000,000 hip replacement operations in published registry data shows that some of the most widely used devices with the lowest possible revision rates can be provided at a significantly reduced cost due to patent expiration. Orthimo have produced Optimised Equivalent® implants to the branded versions, providing significant cost savings without compromising patient outcomes.

The manufacturing of the Optimised Equivalent® implants are by well established suppliers with many decades of experience in manufacturing orthopaedic implants for the large Orthopaedic companies, further strengthening the equivalence value proposition.  Both the surgical instruments and techniques are also equivalent.

As a further indicator of reassurance, the Department of Health recently purchased a significant quantity of Optimised Equivalent® implants through a forward buying fund, which can be obtained via NHS Supply Chain.
 
At a time of unprecedented cost pressures on Healthcare systems worldwide, Optimised Equivalent® implants make a valuable contribution towards maintaining high quality hip replacement services within the limited resources available.

This means patients receive the best clinical outcomes at significant cost savings for hospitals.

http://www.odep.org.uk/Product.aspx?pid=2301

http://www.beyondcompliance.org.uk/product.aspx?pid=2301

https://my.supplychain.nhs.uk/Catalogue/product/fjh10279

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
Benefit to NHS:
Orthimo provide equivalents of the best performing and most commonly used branded orthopaedic implants, as proven by registry data of over 1,000,000 patients. Similarly to generic pharmaceuticals, which the NHS already takes advantage of, Orthimo products come with significant savings of 30-60%. This could save the NHS up to £120million by 2020.
 
These can be provided with minimal disruption to services and procedures due to the sizes, instrumentation and operative technique being equivalent to the most commonly used branded products. They are available through a simple and transparent pricing structure, which can be via the Total Orthopaedic Solutions, Chester or NHS Supply Chain frameworks.
 
As an indicator of reassurance, the Department of Health recently purchased a significant quantity of Optimised Equivalent ® implants through a forward buying fund, which can be obtained via NHS Supply Chain. With most Trusts using one or more of the branded reference components, a transition to make savings has never been easier.
Initial Review Rating
2.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Orthimo provides generic versions of the best performing hip implants, this means patients in the West Midland area can receive the best clinical outcomes at significant savings to the hospital and trusts in the region. 
 
In the West Midland approximately 6,000 hip replacements are performed per annum. If, at a conservative estimation, these cost £700 each on average, generic hip implants could save the West Midland area over £1.5m per annum.
Current and planned activity: 
With Optimised Equivalents being available via all Orthopaedic frameworks, Orthimo are seeking Surgeons to conduct small volume evaluations or for Trusts to allocate a proportion of their hip work.

As with the generic pharmaceutical industry, there is a need to establish a policy change to ensure the responsible and active use of generic orthopaedic implants.
  • Procurement: -  Require sales and marketing to Trauma & Orthopaedics departments and procurement
  • Evaluation - Seek ‘Beyond Compliance’ service evaluation centres for uncemented range
  • Adoption:- Seek Hospitals/Surgeons to conduct small volumes of procedures
  • New Product Development:- Require experts to propose and support development of new products
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All IP resides with Orthimo.

Orthimo holds BSI CE Mark for all implants.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
Optimised Equivalents use the most common and best performing branded reference products. These are used in most Trusts across the country, and so an introduction will have minimal disruption. We use the same sub-contracted manufacturers and logistics which the large companies use, and so supply can be scaled rapidly. 
Measures:
Our products are being used via the Beyond Compliance process. This data will be used to apply for successive ODEP ratings when the criteria are acheived. 
Adoption target:
We are looking for Trusts to use Optimised Equivalents for their low risk, common primary elective total hip replacement procedures. It has been estimated that this would be in excess of 60% of cases. 
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