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.

Ideas (Digital health)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Reduce bedblocking and improve ward care by enabling ward access to digital data upon admission of personal knowledge of the patient including This Is Me, My Passport and Risk data, and assist with stepdown process and therapy
Overview of Innovation:
ReMe supports dementia, older people, carers and families and accompanies the person across their care journey. ReMe was trialled and co-produced by dom care, care homes and in wards.
A new breed, we’ve christened ReMe ‘Activity Based’ software, to differentiate from care planning. For patient knowledge and the ability to enhance care comes from activities, not data input. By using algorithms to source bespoke internet images, music and videos and define a profile it’s possible to deliver more person-centred care. At ReMe’s core are activity tools that learn about the person, such as reminiscence and cognitive therapy, and enable discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests and connects with a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.
Around this person-centred care core are business tools each care sector’s needs. Therefore, ReMe achieves an ROI by assisting in client acquisition, care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation, scheduling and data collation, whilst providing family and admin reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy.
For care in the community, ReMe’s free with premium subscriber services. With self-management, connectivity, entertainment and activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens family links and tackles agitation, depression and isolation, becoming a highly-personalised resource and recourse.
ReMe is used currently in the following care sectors.
For dom care, ReMe improves care, client engagement, reports and generates extra revenue through selling extra hours based on a wellbeing and family connected value added service.
For care homes, ReMe helps families engage in the care process, carers use tablets productively, reduces paper and enhances activities, therapy and reporting. ReMe improves care and saves money.
For hospitals, ReMe is a low-cost means to better know the patient; that improves admission, through digital connection to the care home and dom carer providing access to knowledge of the patients’ ‘day before’ care profile. ReMe enhances person centred care, patient wellbeing, reporting and stepdown.
ReMe is easily adopted with no legacy software or training needs.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
RemindMeCare (ReMe) delivers savings for the NHS through its care in the community self-management functionality reducing admissions, an improved admissions process (i.e. Digital This Is Me, Risk and My Health Passport), enhanced in-ward care, reduced medication and more informed step down.
 
ReMe provides connectivity with care homes, domiciliary care, day care centres and families, and enables better knowledge of the person to be used in person-centred care delivery.
 
Continuity of bespoke, tech advanced activities and therapies, that enhance patient wellbeing, engagement, person centred care and acute dementia care, generate improved patient outcomes, reduced agitation, medication and drugs costs, as well as better informed step down and earlier discharge.
 
Increased availability of personal and risk data reduces risk (and possibly litigation), resort to medication and wellbeing decline, so ReMe aims to reduce bed days.
 
ReMe supports improved family visits and overnight stays through the provision of familiar content and entertainment.
 
Automatic care activities recording, for CQC/admin reporting and research is available.
 
Evidence of value is shown only by the demand and positive feedback received from care homes, LA’s, hospitals and families nationwide but will be formalised shortly.
 
ReMe addresses the Next Steps NHS Five Year Forward View; by reducing A&E/GP visits, making patients information available to clinicians; enabling prescribing apps to help people manage their own health, addressing loneliness and aiding carer respite and assisting LA requirements regarding services provision and monitoring.
 
We’re pioneering this connected care approach in conjunction with SWLCC 5-year strategy, focussing on care quality, safety and cost savings, addressing the defined challenges of avoiding hospital admission, supporting ‘Community services to meet the highest standards and working more closely with primary care, mental health, acute hospital services and social care’. Our participation in the Better Care funded Croydon APA project defines ReMe’s role in the budget shift from hospitals to the integration of health and social care, through the coordination of care. Critically, ReMe addresses recommendations by NICE to focus on person centred and family care support through engaging consumers with a user-friendly product that promotes self-management of illness including long term conditions.
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
RemindMeCare delivers support for older people and people with dementia, their carers and families and which is portable and usable by their carers, from home to domiciliary, live-in, day care, residential and ward care. ReMe was developed with people in the NHS and trialled in wards and care homes.
ReMe is a new breed we’ve christened ‘Activity Based’ software to differentiate itself from care planning software. For knowledge of the person and the ability to enhance care is derived from activity provision, not from data input.
By providing self-management tools and engaging activities and by generating data, ReMe supports daily care, celebrates a life, strengthens links with family and tackles agitation, depression and isolation. ReMe becomes a daily highly personalised resource and recourse for those people involved in care.
ReMe’s suite of person-centred care algorithm based activity tools enhance care and are the constant core across all care sectors, and continually learn about the person wherever they may be. ReMe’s the only system that offers bespoke reminiscence and cognitive therapy by sourcing images, music and videos that are unique to the user and so enables discovering calming content for acute care strategies. ReMe stores life stories, preferences and interests with carers and a care circle, as well as creating automated activity reports which can be sent to the user's family.
Wrapped around this person-centred care core are business tools that address the needs of each care sector encountered by the person, including those common to all such as CQC reporting and family engagement.
RemindMeCare goes further, achieving an ROI for care businesses and wards by assisting in care assessment, acute care planning, management and paper reduction, activity creation/scheduling/planning and data collation, whilst providing family, admin and regulatory body reporting. With cross care sector data connectivity and real portability, ReMe becomes part of a dementia acute care strategy for whichever care sector at any time is caring for the person. For the ward, ReMe offers access to the vital knowledge of ‘the day before’ care profile of the admitted patient and the benefits that enhanced person centred care can deliver.
Usable on any platform and with encrypted data, ico compliance (G Cloud pending), ReMe has addressed information governance and digital security.
Please view videos (https://www.remindmecare.com/business/ward/ )
Current and planned activity: 
ReMeApp: self-management care tools that assist maintain care in the community, improve the ability of carers to deliver bespoke care and connect the person with their care circle and with their community; to reduce resort to GP and A&E through enhanced care circle engagement. Dementia care training is included and partnerships with Dementia Pathfinders and Worcester University will be extended achieve delivery.
ReMeData: Integration with Care Planning systems; ie with patient’s systems (such as CMC) and others as required.ReMeGP:  GP Connectivity. Through remote connectivity tools GP’s can remain engaged, be better informed but on a remote basis. The intended result is less resort to disturbing surgery visits. GP connectivity will be release in 2018.
ReMeComm: self-management care tools for those cared for in the community, that match the person cared for with local community activities (A partnership pending with Worcester University, CarersUK, MeetingDem and others. 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
We are the sole owners of our IP
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Simon Hooper 13/05/2017 - 20:13 Archived 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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Neil Murphy 29/03/2017 - 14:34 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Accounts payable staffs spend up to 30% of their time responding to supplier queries. Solv.ai’s first product resolvr™ solves the problem at 10% the cost. Resolvr™ is cloud-based messaging applicationsupplier specific responses on behalf of AP teams 
Overview of Innovation:
According to the Procure to Pay Network, accounts payable departments spend up to 30% of their time responding to supplier queries. Solv.ai’s first product resolvr™ solves the problem at 10% the cost.  Resolvr™ is cloud-based messaging application that provides speedy, supplier specific responses on behalf of accounts payable teams.  We use any channel such as email, browsers like Firefox, Edge, Chrome, and any messaging application such as skype, slack, facebook, etc., so suppliers don’t have to download a new application, or sign into a new portal to use our service. 

Solv.ai aims to leverage the latest artificial intelligence technologies and apply them to business to business communication.  At solv.ai, we understand the importance of aiming high but taking sensible, practicable steps to build a launching pad for our ultimate goals.

Our first products are resolvr™ and resolvr:email™. They represent the first natural language process applications specifically designed to automate responses to suppliers on behalf of accounts payable departments. The total addressable market for resolvr™ and resolvr:email™ includes all businesses with suppliers and an accounts payable function.  This is most global B2B activity. 

The founding team are experienced procure-to-pay, e-invoicing, and digital cash experts.  We have broad and deep contacts in the industry and plan to use all of them to make Solv.ai succeed.  

The founders are very confident in the success of resolvr™, as a standalone application that competitors may emulate over time, but more importantly cross selling opporutnities for buyers to sell into suppliers can facilitate tremendous benefits between buyers and suppliers. 

Solv.ai has a co-innovation agreement with Birmingham City Universty's Centre for Cognitive Digital Systems Engineering to build out a suite of APIs as a platform for other supply chain interaction efficiencies.  This would include integration and interoperability, and enhance logistics and procurement activities. 

The immediate benefit resolvr and resolvr email can offer the NHS is reduced costs, but over time, solv.ai can help transform the trade transaction life-cycle by implementing an "AI-first" approach to procure to pay.  The NHS could be the first to employ an AI-powered communication layer that supports supplier information management, file tranformation, integration, meta-data for its communication activities with its supplier base. 





 
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wealth creation / Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
  • Up to 80% reduction in supplier queries
  • Enhanced Supplier experience; 24/7 access, immediate responses
  • Real-time, multi-channel communication with supplier base
  • Gain insight and improve external communications with reporting and analysis
  • Achieve P2P streamlining promised by existing solutions
  • Partnership approach when drafting SLA
Initial Review Rating
2.60 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
More efficient public sector activities.
Current and planned activity: 
We are not currently engaged with the NHS.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Our technology is proprietary and we have trademarks for our company name and product name.
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 - 11:14 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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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: 
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Stratification of patients into Risk Groups greatly enhances management of long-term conditions, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure, etc also supporting early discharge preventing readmissions.
Overview of Innovation:
Stratification of patients into Risk Groups, even for the same condition, greatly enhances the focus, scalability and agility in response to changing demand. Used to manage people with long term conditions such as COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure, etc…… as well as supporting early discharge to prevent readmissions.
  1. Population-level Low-Risk Patients (75%): Free for BYO devices (smart or text message) for self-management and education. No remote monitoring but data can be shared with GP systems for access by all clinical stakeholders. Minimum cost to the NHS. Scalability is limitless. Activ8rlives4 Wellness and Food Diary App is available FOC via the App store and Google Play.
  2. Rising Risk Patients (20%): Where there is no smart phone availability or poor IT skills: CliniTouch Vie as below. Where Patients own Smartphone/Tablet and have WiFi: Activ8rlives Lung Health, Diabetes Health and others. Medical monitors could be prescribed on loan initially on early discharge (as one use case) and then transitioned to BYO Smartphones and monitors. Alternatively, they may be stepped-up by prescribing further monitors and data reviewed remotely at greater frequency.
High Risk Patients (5%): CliniTouch Vie: locked-down tablet provided with integrated 3G for connectivity, intensive monitoring, education and empowerment with integrated direct messaging and video support. Dynamic care plans and intelligent algorithms enable automatic triage for healthcare team. Fast, simple and quick to implement for the most at-risk and vulnerable of patients.

For further information contact
Kevin A. Auton, PhD, Managing Director, Aseptika Limited kevin.auton@aseptika.com www.activ8rlvies.com
 
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 / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Spirit Healthcare: Leicester City CCG, combining telemonitoring, specialist nurse interventions and health coaching in COPD, demonstrated reduced admissions by 67% and also improved patient’s experience of care. http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/10.12968/bjhc.2016.22.3.123
  1. 67% reduction in unscheduled admissions amongst patient cohort - multiple regression analysis revealed that CliniTouch telemonitoring (Spirit Healthcare) was the only intervention that statistically significantly (P<0.05) reduced unscheduled admissions.
  2. Overall reduction of 9.1% in all COPD admissions - despite the harsh winter of 2013/14, there was an overall reduction in all COPD admissions, easing winter pressure and bed blocking.
  3. Effective in managing re-admissions – number of admissions per head reduced from 3.13 to 1.02 per year (p<0.001). Nurse interventions required to manage patients also reduced, improving caseload management. The benefits were realised across the whole health economy. 
  4. Improved patients’ experience of care – patient feedback demonstrated higher levels of confidence, knowledge about their condition and positive behavioural change. 
Activ8rlives Lung Health (Sensor 3) telehealth reduced unplanned admissions and improves self-management. Undertaken clinical trials supporting Self-Care in Cystic Fibrosis (Papworth Hospital), COPD and Bronchiectasis (Portsmouth NHS) and on-going in Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital for 45 COPD patients (Dr Dennis Wat and Mark Jackson, funded by NWC AHSN). Aseptika is an innovation partner for the Sheffield NHS Test Bed.
Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Knowsley Respiratory Community Team. Sensor 3 self-care project allows patients with COPD to monitor and track their vital signs at home, using a secure and easy to use Lung Health 3 App, developed by Aseptika Ltd. The whole process takes approximately 12 minutes each day. The patients are provided with the equipment to allow daily measurements of blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, body weight, temperature, peak flow, FEV1 and physical activity levels. The measured data is displayed as simple charts. 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Patients are educated and supported to interpret the data to enable improved understanding of their health status.
  1. Prevent unnecessary admissions as patients have access to 24/7 the COPD rapid response team as soon as there is any health deterioration for treatment to prevent unnecessary admission into hospital. The collected data is currently being analysed by Knowsley Respiratory Community Team.
  2. Technology improves patient’s confidence in managing their COPD. For patients who experience frequent infections and disease exacerbation, this can be a lifeline. In Liverpool 90% of participants would recommend to Friends and Family. 60% would be prepared to make a financial contribution of £300 to support costs.
Current and planned activity: 
Spirit Healthcare group of companies can now provide one of the most comprehensive range of solutions to support patients of all ages, all IT abilities, all levels of disease severity and across a wide range of disease areas: respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes and frail elderly.

Aseptika currently have in development: (a) on-ward and home-use sputum test for Pseudomonas aeruginosa (patent protected); (b) BuddyWOTCH – a 3G connected wearable medical device (SpO2, HR, Temperature, Respiration Rate with Sit-to-Stand and 5-minute walk test) – patent applied for; (c) a population screening test for Atrial Fibrillation using pulse oximeter technology (patent protected), and (d) Bluetooth inhaler usage monitor.  
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP is retained by respective companies within the Spirit Healthcare group of companies.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Kevin A. Auton 12/01/2017 - 10:55 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

Converting Clinical lab based Xanthochromia procedure into Near Patient testing/Point of Care Procedure using pocket sized spectrometer.

Overview of Innovation:

I am thinking of converting Xanthochromia lab based spectrophotometry procedure (SAH/fatal accidents/Head injuries) into Point-of-care/Near patient testing (POCT) procedure. A small pocket sized spectrometer is going to come soon in the market.

The device is a molecular sensor with cloud based database. The company offers developmental tools to build the database, by scanning  every material that exists in this world..from paracetamol to material science. 

Converting this to POCT offer some advantages: The patient's sample need not travel long from A/E to Lab. AE consultants/Nurses themselves without much technical comptency can perform the procedure with ease and early intervention/timely diagnosis is made possible: facilitating quicker clinical decisions, reduce length of stay..improve morbidity and mortality. The Challenge ahead is converting this device into a FIT FOR PURPOSE medical diagnostic POCT device.

Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

Converting this to POCT offer some advantage: The patient's sample need not travel long from A/E to Lab. AE consultants/Nurses can perform the procedure with ease and early intervention/timely diagnosis is made possible: facilitating quicker clinical decisions, reduce length of stay..improve morbidity and mortality. The Challenge ahead is converting this device into a FIT FOR PURPOSE medical diagnostic POCT device.

Initial Review Rating
3.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:

Converting this to POCT offer some advantage: The patient's sample need not travel long from A/E to Lab. AE consultants/Nurses can perform the procedure with ease and early intervention/timely diagnosis is made possible: facilitating quicker clinical decisions, reduce length of stay..improve morbidity and mortality. The Challenge ahead is converting this device into a FIT FOR PURPOSE medical diagnostic POCT device.

Current and planned activity: 

Contacted the chief technology officer of the Company (Consumer physics) awaiting response for modifying the device into POCT medical diagnostic device. If green signal given may discuss with NHS trust and start the joint development/clinical trial/evaluation/validation/verification using NHS trust as base 

What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:

N/A

Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Incredible amounts of expensive drugs are thrown away by pharmaceuticals companies, health trusts & GP surgeries due to refrigeration problems. Everyware technology enables remote data monitoring & intervention for pharmaceutical & food storage
Overview of Innovation:
The problem. Correct handling and storage of drugs and medicines is critical in ensuring that they remain functional and safe to use. Regular monitoring and data capture highlights trends and issues not evident from manual record keeping. Over weekends and during holiday periods readings may not be recorded. Failure of a refrigerator or break in power supply could render contents unusable or remain undetected
 
EveryWare has developed an intelligent software platform with smart sensors, integrated and modular, in conjunction with clinicians to tackle this major problem. Local devices monitor a range of parameters, including ambient temperature, pressure and humidity; together with refrigeration temperatures at different levels within each unit
 
Local and remote alerts can be triggered when your own defined rules are breached. Alerts may be visual and audible in a monitored location with users receiving direct notifications via email, SMS and other channels. Data is visualized and accessible on computers, tablets and smartphones
 
Testimonial
Clinical bodies and Trusts’ guidelines require regular monitoring of critical storage temperatures. Legislation requires that records are kept and this is often a manual task with readings taken at up to 24 hour intervals
 
Successful trials yielded a wealth of information for pharmacy staff to gain immediate, real time insight into how efficient their refrigerators are and how ambient conditions and working practices affect them. Clinicians benefit from the reduced workload and the availability of high resolution data proves compliance with healthcare guidelines 24/7

Differences between types of refrigerator become evident. Recovery time following prolonged periods of access can expose the contents to raised temperatures for longer; trend data clearly demonstrates the effects of daily routines and identifies opportunities for training that will improve the safe storage and dispensing of critical medicines
 
EveryWare’s unique modular system means that the unit cost of the sensors is low. All other costs are capped, so no need to worry about data rates and variable costs. Annual cost of the system is a fraction of the cost of the assets or processes being monitored. System is designed from the ground up to be completely user-configurable to suit local and business requirements. Security is paramount; all cloud systems and data are network-isolated, multiple-passkey protected with encrypted communications.
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 / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
Compliant drug storage
There is a legislative requirement to store critical medicines within specified parameters. Moreover, it is imperative that safe storage can be demonstrated and that only safe products are used.
 
Equally, any fault or disruption to the storage infrastructure doesn’t automatically render the products beyond safe use. Smart monitoring, reporting and validation afford peace of mind. Efficacy of the drugs can be evidenced and detect abnormal patterns of behaviour or access issues e.g. refrigerator door left open.
 
Broad clinical guidelines indicate that regular, period monitoring by technicians will suffice; often once every 24 hours and often not during weekends and holiday periods.
 
There are several risks with this approach that can render expensive drugs ineffective and worse still, fail to deliver the anticipated results. A power outage in the early hours or over a weekend may be masked by a reinstatement long before working hours. The damage may already be done if excessive temperatures have been realised.
 
The solution is to introduce smart monitoring with remote data logging and alerts. Continuous, electronic monitoring not only captures specific events 24/7 and raise alarms but provides valuable trend data. Battery backup will buffer mains failure without disruption to the monitoring or connectivity. Real time monitoring has clearly shown systematic issues occur out of working hours and variations within specific refrigerated facilities. Clinical practices will also affect the storage conditions; a feature that is evident from trend data. The effects of prolonged loading and unloading with the refrigerator open shows the impact upon refrigeration temperatures and the extended recovery time to achieve safe storage temperatures when eventually closed. Access to the refrigerators out of prescribed hours may also raise an alert if there is a security concern.
 
EveryWare has installed local monitoring systems in hospitals and clinical environments that are capable of tracking a range of critical conditions. Not just in refrigeration units but ambient conditions in key locations may be monitored through a common network. Within treatment, theatre, storage or living areas the network of wireless devices can track temperature, relative humidity and pressure along with other factors such as controlled access and refrigeration performance.
 
In homes EveryWare could be used with ambient and movement sensors to detect risk of hypothermia or falls.
 
Initial Review Rating
4.60 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Overall benefits summary
Installations of the system have already demonstrated potential savings in recent trials.
  • Money saved by GP surgeries and health trusts through proper refrigeration of medicines
  • Money saved by pharmaceuticals companies through proper refrigeration 
  • Money saved by pharmaceuticals companies by not having to pre-emptively over-produce product to compensate for GP and trust wastage
  • Quality of patient care increases as a result of cost savings throughout the medicine supply chain
  • Meets strict legislative requirements ((strict environmental monitoring protocols are now required by CQC. Failure to comply requires drugs be destroyed at very high cost).
  • Modular (easy to add on additional ambient sensors, movements detectors etc)
  • Quick to install and upgrade
  • Predictive analytics software enables custom ‘rules based’ alerts to be created easily
  • Monitor multiple installations and multiple sensors from a single location (Dashboard)
     
Quality control
  • Constant monitoring of refrigeration and the ability to react instantly minimises the amount of wastage caused by medicine being spoiled by high temperatures. The unique modular design enables additional sensors to be quickly integrated. Predictive analytics software enables custom ‘rules based’ alerts and monitoring protocols to be easily created and monitored.
Legislation
  • The easy monitoring of temperatures makes it much easier to comply with the strict legislation imposed by health bodies such as the MHRA and CQC.
     
GP Surgeries
  • Surgeries and trusts are able to monitor the temperature of their drugs in the refrigerator and react instantly should parameters be broken.
     
Patient care
  • The cost savings made by reducing wastage can be channelled back into the healthcare system, improving overall patient care.
For more information see: http://www.everyware.uk.com/products/21st-century-drug-monitoring
Current and planned activity: 
Current Activity
Successful trials have been conducted with SWFT Clinical Services Ltd (a subsidiary of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust) which yielded a wealth of information for pharmacy staff to gain immediate, real time insight into how efficient their refrigerators are and how ambient conditions and working practices affect them.
 
Positive actions were taken to improve the effectiveness and avoid potential problems that might have occurred. Clinicians benefit from the reduced workload and the availability of high resolution data proves compliance with healthcare guidelines 24/7.
 
We have recently entered discussions with GP practice in Norfolk in response to CQC’s strict environmental monitoring requirement for drug storage.

Planned Activity
  • We would welcome NHS input in our systems design and further development
  • We wish to increase awareness within GP and CCGs
  • We are seeking additional trial sites
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
All IP resides with the company
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Nigel Maris 18/10/2016 - 08:42 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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An engaging educational board game and HTML5 web app to help children with Cystic Fibrosis, and their families, to improve their understanding of the condition and how to manage it.
Overview of Innovation:
The game is designed to help children and families manage Cystic Fibrosis more effectively. Originally created by specialists at Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust to help healthcare professionals develop a more effective relationship with young patients and their families. The game was so effective that Focus Games Ltd was asked to redesign and streamline the game and make it available to a wider audience.

The game is designed for between 2 and 4 individual players (or small teams of players) who compete to move around the board answering CF-related questions and scenarios correctly. The game is very easy to play and doesn’t require a specialist facilitator; anyone can play the game. This makes it ideal for use in the home and at school with family, friends and schoolmates.
 
Objectives
To help young patients, their families and friends to improve their understanding of Cystic Fibrosis and to manage the condition more effectively.
 
A patient engagement tool for healthcare specialists to use:
  • Children with Cystic Fibrosis
  • Families & friends of CF patients
  • Schools
  • Public health awareness
Can be used in:
  • CF clinics
  • Other healthcare settings
  • At home
  • In school
The board game is very portable, the rules are very simple and specialist facilitation skills are not required so the game can be played by anybody in any setting.
 
The board game is competitive and accommodates up to 4 individual  players, or teams of players. Games last between 45 and 60 minutes.

The HTML5 web app is a simplified version of the board game designed for individuals to use on smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs. However, it can also be used with groups on tablets, screens and interactive whitebboards etc.
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The original game was developed by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Focus Games Ltd has refined and reworked the game to make it more engaging and more likley to suceed as a commercial product. This process was supported byMidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands).

Benefits to the NHS include:  
  • Increased  knowledge of CF not just for the patient but for the whole family and improved engagement with the CF Team - This would help give children and young people a sense of control in managing their condition. Symptoms are recognised by CF patients and parents early and acted upon so infections are treated quickly therefore less time would be spent as in an inpatient making savings on bed space and staffing.
  • Increased understanding of treatments - Children can express and explore their fears and emotions in a safe place. Play provides the medium to help manage these feelings and therefore promotes resilience
  • Improved  compliance with treatment – Children and young people with CF will often have multiple treatment regimens to follow. The CF game gives an understanding of why particular treatments/medicines need to be adhered to. Compliance would mean improved and less stressful visits for treatments and hospital appointments where children are having to be persuaded  to comply with cough swabs/lung function tests etc. This can take up a considerable amount of time for nurses and Doctors both in the Community and the Hospital.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
All of the benefits that the game could deliver for the NHS would benefit the WM population. In addition the game has been developed by a WM NHS Trust and as such the publicity and any shared revenue will be focussed on the WM.
Current and planned activity: 
The original game was developed by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Focus Games Ltd has refined and reworked the game to make it more engaging and more likley to suceed as a commercial product. This process was supported byMidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands).

The board game has been tested within the NHS and also by members of patient support groups. Feedback has been positive and we now wish to extend the scope of testing to cover a more sophisticated online version of the game and also to manufacture the board game.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The IP is owned by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, and used by Focus Games Ltd under licence from them.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
This game is designed to be used anywhere in the UK, and possibly overseas. We have not yet secured the funding to launch the game commercially. However, we have launched many other games that are being used extensively in the UK and overseas so we are confident that the model works.
Measures:
The most practical measure will be the collection of qualitative feedback from users both patients, carers and healthcare professionals. This would include ongoing questions about any changes to lifestyle and treatement adeherence. This being done for many other existing games that we have published. We would also approach independent stakeholders and hope to encourage them to study the efficacy of the game.
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
LiverMultiScan is an FDA 510(k) cleared and CE marked MRI technology that provides a quantitative assessment of liver health, including fibroinflammatory disease, steatosis and iron, all in a non-contrast 5 minute scan.
Overview of Innovation:
Perspectum Diagnostics is a medical imaging company with an ISO 13485 compliant CoreLab. The company has developed novel imaging technology, LiverMultiScan, an MRI-based non-invasive tool that has attained CE-marking and FDA 510(k) clearance to aid the diagnosis of patients with chronic liver disease.
LiverMultiScan (and LiverMultiScan Discover for clinical trial use) can characterise liver tissue in three ways, providing accurate measurements of liver fat, hepatic iron content and fibro-inflammatory disease, using the proprietary Liver Inflammation and Fibrosis (LIF) score. The LIF score has been shown to stratify NAFLD and NASH patients (Pavlides, 2015), correlate with histological markers of inflammation and fibrosis (Banerjee, 2014), and most importantly, is the first imaging test to predict liver-related clinical outcomes (Pavlides, 2016). It is the only liver imaging technology included in the UK Biobank study, with 100,000 scans to be performed in the coming years (Kelly, 2015).
Available as a Quantitative Analysis Service (QAS), LiverMultiScan has been cleared as an imaging tool to aid the diagnosis of early liver disease. It offers a standardised and high-quality method for supporting Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Radiology departments in diagnosis and monitoring of the liver in clinical settings and studies, and has potential to streamline clinical management by compressing the diagnostic pathway. Perspectum is also supporting multiple international clinical trials with LiverMultiScan Discover.
  • Banerjee et al. (2014) Multiparametric magnetic resonance for the non-invasive diagnosis of liver disease. J Hepatol. 60:69-77.
  • Kelly et al. (2015) Predicted prevalence of NAFLD and NASH in a large population using non-invasive multiparametric MRI. AASLD 2015. Abstract ID: 931.
  • Pavlides et al. (2015) Multi-parametric magnetic resonance can accurately assess NAFLD histological disease severity; comparison with transient elastography. AASLD 2015. Abstract ID: 2190.
  • Pavlides et al. (2016) Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging predicts clinical outcomes in patients with chronic liver disease. J Hepatol. 64:308-315.
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 / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
The utility of LiverMultiScan for assessing fibroinflammatory disease, steatosis and predicting clinical outcomes means it is well-positioned to reduce (and potentially remove) the need to perform invasive liver biopsies. It also facilitates longitudinal monitoring, which is near impossible with current sampling technology.
According to a recent NIHR HTA report, the cost of a liver biopsy is £956, but this can increase significantly with complications (clinically significant bleeding in 1.1 – 1.6%). For healthcare providers, liver biopsies are unappealing because of the attendant risk, financial cost, lack of reliability (as sampling only 0.002% of the liver volume), and uncertainty in interpretation. Nevertheless, primarily because there has not been a viable alternative, it is estimated that 650,000 liver biopsies are performed annually worldwide. 
There are substantial costs associated with managing patients with NAFLD, in particular for those patients progressing to NASH who are at significant risk of cirrhosis, HCC and liver failure. Although pharmacologic options are limited, there are numerous clinical trials ongoing.
Available treatment options increase (e.g., diet, surgery), outcomes improve and healthcare costs decrease the earlier those with, or at risk of, more advanced disease are identified. When combined with the rising incidence of NAFLD and NASH, the availability of a non-invasive test for accurately assessing fibroinflammatory disease, steatosis and predicting clinical outcomes, is vital.
A recent health economic study (submitted for publication) from the University of Birmingham concluded that LiverMultiScan is cost effective either as an adjunct to or replacement of Fibroscan in the diagnostic pathway of NAFLD. In addition, the utility of LiverMultiScan in reducing the proportion of patients with suspected NAFLD undergoing hospital consultations and/or liver biopsies is currently being evaluated in a large Europe-wide multicentre clinical trial (including the UK).
LiverMultiScan could allow:
  • A faster throughput and diagnostic analysis than conventional sampling – reducing patient lists and identifying those that need and do not need clinical intervention.
  • Regular monitoring of patients without painful invasive and potentially dangerous biopsies.
  • A less traumatic assessment of liver disease in children.
  • Assessment of liver health in other diseases (e.g., viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease)
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Liver disease is the fifth ‘big killer’ in England and Wales, after heart, cancer, stroke and respiratory disease (http://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/facts-about-liver-disease), with twice as many people dying from liver disease now compared to 1991.
In a European study, the healthcare costs for patients with NAFLD were 26% higher than for those without the disease (Baumeister, 2008). In the US, the direct costs of cirrhosis and chronic liver disease were estimated to by $2.5 billion, whereas indirect costs were estimated to be $10.6 billion (Ruhl, 2008).
Identifying those with, or at risk of, more advanced liver disease earlier increases treatment options available, reduces healthcare costs and improves outcomes. Benefitting both the NHS and wider West Midlands community.
This diagnostic test could also be used to aid the diagnosis and monitoring of liver disease in children, with a European clinical trial underway.
 
  • Baumeister et al. (2008) Impact of fatty liver disease on health care utilization and costs in a general population: A 5-year observation. Gastroenterology. 134:85.
  • Ruhl et al. (2008) Costs of digestive disease. In The Burden of Digestive Disease in the United States. NIH Publication. pp 137-143.
Current and planned activity: 
LiverMultiScan currently in use at University Hospitals in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Oxford Southampton & Kings College London (KCL). Discussions with other NHS sites

Recent completion of large Innovate UK funded 2.5 year study at University Hospitals Birmingham & Edinburgh to develop & validate against liver biopsy

KCL is UK site for large EU multi-centre clinical trial to evaluate cost-effectiveness of LiverMultiScan in primary care pathway.

Patient study - 100 patients with history of liver disease receive LiverMultiScan, nearing completion with extremely +ve feedback

LiverMultiScan is only liver imaging technology in UK Biobank - 100,000 subjects to be imaged

Planned activity
West Midlands location of choice as:
  • Build on relationship with University of Birmingham following 2.5 yr study
  • West Midland’s considerable expertise in liver disease
  • Large patient cohort and trials infrastructure
  • Involve Children’s Hospital in study
  • Dr Banerjee, founder & CEO, visiting Hon. Consultant Hepatologist at UHB
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Perspectum holds or exclusively licenses 7 patent applications in the UK and other territories. To date, one has been granted in the UK (GB2497668).
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

We know that time in the NHS is precious, why waist time plugging in and charging devices when you can simply place the device on our stand. Don't lean over a tablet for lengthy periods; use our stand to alleviate posture issues, aches and pains.
Overview of Innovation:

Qlic is a Universal tablet stand with charging capabilities. Qlic has several models; cable suitable for both apple and android tablets, simply plug the charging cable into your device and plug the power supply unit to the wall. Our QI patch receiver can enable most devices for wireless charging. Insert the connecter to the charging point on your device, stick the patch to the rear and pop your tablet or phone back into its case (compatible with cases up to 5mm thick).

 Qlic was designed to save time for tablet users as well as to provide a more ergonomically suitable solution for people who use mobile devices on a daily basis.

​We believe that as mobile devices become more and more popular within care settings Qlic will help to support the working environment within NHS trusts.

​Qlic was originally developed to support the learning environment within schools and has proven to be very popular within educational settings (please see our product video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cepvxf07oU8).

After looking into the NHS and the use of mobile devices we thought that Qlic would be ideal for NHS settings as well. Not only will Qlic save time and effort, you won't need to think about charging the device as simply placing the device on the cradle will enable charging to begin. We looked at the use of mobile devices and thought that our stand would be ideal on nurses stations, for use by clinical leads, office staff, ambulances and drug trolleys as our stand can also be permanently fixed to surfaces. 

​We would like to find out the type of tablets/ mobile devices and the type of protective cases currently used to ensure that our stand is suitable for all. We would also like suggestions on where you think our product would be most suitable for use? Where would Qlic make your life easier?  



 
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Digital health
Benefit to NHS:
  • Time and space saving.
  • Easier to view content on mobile devices.
  • Secure.
  • Enables the user to sit in the correct ergonomic position.
  • Ensures mobile devices are charged at all times.
  • Ensures mobile devices are easily accessible to users.
Initial Review Rating
2.80 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Qlic will improve efficiency in the NHS settings within the west midlands by ensuring all mobile devices are fully charged at all times. Qlic will ensure that Staff will have one less thing to worry about with regards to daily use of mobile devices enabling more time spent on more important tasks and with patients. 
Current and planned activity: 
We are not currently involved with the NHS but are willing to undertake any developments needed.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Patent pending on the cardle adjustment. The design is a registered design with the government IPO.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Birmingham Surgeons created endoscope-i an award-winning system that enables the viewing, recording & sharing of HD endoscopic images & videos using an iPhone/iPod. Endoscope-i works with existing endoscopes or supplied as a secured turn-key solution
Overview of Innovation:
Smartphones & tablets are becoming a central technology within clinical care systems for their high definition cameras, brilliant screens, integrated sensors and unlimited software potential.
 
Originally developed as a simple and cost effective solution to mobile endoscopic HD imaging Endoscope-i can benefit both clinicians and patients across several specialities. To date otolaryngologists, urologists, gynaecologists, orthopaedic physicians, laparoscopic surgeons and anaesthetists are some of the many specialties which benefit from using endoscopes. The superior lighting and optics allow for visualisation of 'hard to reach' areas within the human body. Endoscope-i has been involved in a number of projects globally to facilitate cost effective HD imaging and documentation.
 
The multiple award winning Endoscope-i is simple to operate and comprises an adapter to connect a medical endoscope to align with the camera of an iOS device (iPhone or iPod). The ‘e-iPro’ app allows the user to calibrate and centre the acquired image and prevents rotation allowing images to be recorded in high definition (HD) video or still images which can be shown to the patients and stored in the patient’s medical record in seconds.
 
Endoscope-i will fit any endoscope with a 32mm eyepiece, which means the possibilities are endless. A shared endoscopic view was previously the reserve of the privileged few   - where they have large expensive stacking systems - Endoscope-i makes this technology available to everyone, at a fraction of the cost and in a more convenient portable format.” 
People are surprised to hear that before Endoscope-i, clinicians relied on hand drawn sketches to update patient records.
 
NB: Data and images are currently distributed via NHS.net. Discussions are ongoing with the Information Commissioners Office to design bespoke data management protocols.
 
Endoscope-i is available to fit a range of iOS devices and has a multitude of uses which include both clinical and non clinical applications such as:-
 
Otolaryngology
HD imaging of the ear nose & throat to allow rapid and easy storage and sharing of images and videos with both patients and clinicians
 
Anaesthetics
Portable HD viewing to facilitate endoscopic fibre optic intubations available at any time
 
Veterinary
Small and large animal endoscopy from the surgery to the field using the most advanced portable camera technology
 
Engineering
Carry only one portable device for communication and sharing of images obtained on site
 
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:
A target has been set for the NHS to become paperless by 2020. Many health trusts have facilitated this by creating their own electronic health record (EHR). However, though a transcription of the patient consultation can be typed directly into the record there is no efficient means of capturing and storing images of patient findings safely into the patient record.
 
The speciality of ear, nose and throat (ENT) examines areas of the body that are usually difficult to visualise without endoscopes. However even though there it is possible to see inside the ear nose and throat many doctors must then create a sketch of their observations for documentation.
 
To overcome this major problem, a mobile imaging solution - Endoscope-i - has been developed by a team of specialists which include engineers, software developers and practicing clinicians. The ‘Endoscope-i system’ uses the power of smart phones to quickly and safely capture images from endoscopes and store them directly into the patients EHR with the touch of a button. What’s more, patients can now share their own examination findings with their doctor or relatives to understand their condition better.
 
The images produced are of such high definition that they can be taken by doctors in primary care and then sent on to specialists in secondary care for an expert opinion, without the patient ever having to go to hospital. This saves the cost of an outpatient referral for the commissioning group, is far more convenient for the patient, reduces unnecessary journeys, frees Consultants’ clinic time, speeds diagnosis and in the long term could save millions of pounds for the NHS.
 
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Benefit to WM population:
The proposed ‘Telescopic Mobile referral service’ will allow patients to get expert opinions of their ear conditions within hours and without ever having to visit the hospital, thus saving valuable consultant time and minimising travel and inconvenience for the patient.
 
Reduced cost and greater access to services will result through the use of Endoscope-i as there is no longer a need for multiple data capture and processing devices as each Consultant can use their own iOS device to record and transfer images. Additionally, Endoscope-i will work with existing endoscopes that have a 32mm diameter eyepiece and so directly enhances the equipment’s clinical benefit.
 
In the three months of the Telescopic Referrals (Telemedicine using Endoscope-i) in North Staffordshire and Stoke and Trent, 27 referrals have been dealt with remotely from 6 GP practices. 24 of these cases were managed without referral giving an 88% success rate to referral.
 
In the West Midlands region, a new patient referral currently costs the CCG £107 compared to the remote ‘Telescopic’ referral cost of £30, a dramatic saving for the CCG. This has already saved £1,758 in referral costs alone without measuring the indirect cost benefits for patients who did not require the Telescopic referral because of the improved diagnostic ability the GP had when using Endoscope-i.
 
Reducing the need for a physical consultation will also result in transport savings and time ‘away from work’ costs for both the patient and any employer.
Current and planned activity: 
Current WMHASN funded project with Dr Ruth Chambers (Clinical Telehealth Lead at NHS Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group), using 15 practices from the S-O-T and North Staffordshire CCGs piloting the Telescopic Mobile Referral Service. Currently 3 months into preliminary data collection showing 30 referrals handled with Telescopic referrals powered by Endoscope-I technology. Almost 90% of patients referred avoid being sent to hospital. Cost of teleconsultation is only £30 compared to £107 for a new patient hospital consultation.
 
Endoscope-i not only provides a rapid consultant opinion for the patient but helps to deal with the excessive burden on secondary care services by keeping chronic disease and some acute ear disease management within primary care.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
No patent on product. We have full copyright of the code written for the app. Endoscope-i is a registered trademark and adapter designs fall under design copyright.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Ajith George 13/04/2016 - 05:57 Publish 6 comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Combining patient demand, workforce availability & skills to deliver care, eCommunity supports right skill, right place, right time in the community, identifies daily & broader skill mix gaps, reducing time & improves quality of visit allocations
Overview of Innovation:
District and community nursing have unique pressures in terms of identifying and coping with high demand across a wide range of care needs. Service demand, rosters and skills have traditionally been held in separate systems, many of which are paper based. Bringing all this information together into a single visual solution enables service managers to make faster, smarter decisions ensuring quality care is delivered and the workforce isn’t burned out.
 
The additional released administration time for senior team members enables faster visit allocation and allows them to spend more time supporting their staff and patients.
 
eCommunity is a web based solution www.qes-online.com that enables visit allocators to rapidly plan days for frontline staff in under 30 mins, something that currently takes 2hrs +. This new allocation process is supported by supplying recommended best fit treatment by continuity, acuity, skills availability and location.
 
For the first time a team or whole service has a forward facing view of capacity and can create a roster to meet demand, be well informed of capacity gaps and proactively even out demand rather than react to circumstances.
 
Utilising a “care catalogue” dictating time and skill needed to deliver treatments, eCommunity ensures that the workload given to a member of staff is both appropriate for their skill mix and can be delivered within the allotted shift time, two advantages other services cannot evidence. “Actualising” the actual time it takes to deliver care and updating the care catalogue is a vital to ensure capacity and demand is based on real life evidence.
 
eCommunity is web based, making it accessible from home enabling staff to be well prepared for their first visit the following day, removing the need to “go to base” at the start of a shift saving hundreds of care hours a day.
 
Utilising smart capacity, demand & caseload allocations means fewer people can manage greater demand and larger teams. This further frees up often highly skilled team managers to focus on delivering care and supporting frontline staff.

eCommunity is the first dedicated operational tool designed by experienced, practicing community nursing teams to improve both the care delivery and working practices for staff.  This level of dynamic, real life operational support and intelligence has not previously been possible using existing clinical tools and systems.
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 / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The quality of care delivered will be significantly improved via the “care catalogue” that ensures that the nurses assigned to deliver treatments have the appropriate skills. This not only improves care quality but also improves job satisfaction and role engagement as staff know the scope of care is within their capacity.
 
One of the largest efficiency savings will be the releasing of time available to care. This is possible by pre-planning, enabling care delivery to commence immediately at the start of a shift, not requiring a pre-meeting at which the visits are allocated. Hundreds of hours of additional care time will now be made available.
 
Business intelligence is key to optimising available capacity and demand, identifying skills gaps and aiding training & recruitment. Team differences in care delivery are identified through visit ‘actualisations’ and an accurate picture of what treatments are being delivered. This smart business intelligence can be used to drive discussions with commissioning organisations.
 
Significant reductions in travel mileage will also be realised by ensuring smart navigation and scheduling of visits that optimise travel. Given the huge mileage covered in delivering care, even a small saving in distance travelled delivers big financial and carbon footprint savings.

eCommunity can deliver these advantages for large teams or small teams delivering specialised services via a single license for unlimited use.
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
eCommunity is flexible and adaptable able to work effectively with any kind of mobile workforce that includes a variety of skill mixes and challenges, where capacity and demand are under pressure.

Although primarily designed for use in community and district nursing, its value would be realised across any health or care service.
Current and planned activity: 
eCommunity now 12 months old and benefits in use are being collated
(See attached Appendix ‘Testimonials’ for NHS user testimonials)

eCommunity solutions have been trialled and liked by frontline staff and team leads. However, many care providers struggle to formulate suitable business plans to support investment, despite obvious savings, lacking adequate baseline data and IT support to evidence impact.
 
eCommunity development is ongoing to enable a ‘live view’ of workloads for all staff delivering care and flag when visits need re-allocation to ensure assigned visits & tasks can be delivered. This development is only possible by effecting cultural change to complete information immediately at the end of each visit, not waiting until return to base.
 
Work ongoing to integrate eCommunity within a clinical tool. Current tools are mis-perceived as the “be all and end all” of IT solutions by both frontline staff and senior management, despite their lack of support for operational needs
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IP is fully owned by QES
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Nick Chinn 23/03/2016 - 07:49 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A medical screening technology based on a mathematical model of the autonomic nervous system & physiological systems which has significant potential to improve the cost-effectiveness of primary care
Overview of Innovation:
Strannik technology is based upon a mathematical model of the autonomic nervous system and physiological systems. It meets the key aims and objectives of the EC’s Human Brain Project: (i) to identify what the brain does and how it does it, (ii) to develop a new generation of cognitively-based screening technology, (iii) to understand and adapt with therapeutic effect the multi-level nature of brain function.  This is quite without precedent in modern medicine. The Strannik technology comprises Strannik Virtual Scanning (SVS) and Strannik Light Therapy (SLT). 
The technique can be viewed in a demonstration video at the following link: www.montaguehealthcare.co.uk/presentation.php
SVS is a screening technology which has an unprecedented ability to determine the health of the patient i.e. it is able to determine 5-15 pathologies in each of the 30 main organs (including medical conditions for which the current tests are poor or for which there is currently an unmet clinical need), to differentiate between and quantify the extent of the genotype and phenotype in each pathology, and to determine the earliest onset of each pathology from its presymptomatic origins. The technique adopts a methodology more advanced than is currently used in most diagnostic technologies. It is non-invasive and more safe than contemporary diagnostic tests. The results are available in circa 20 minutes at a cost which is estimated to be 5-10 times lower than contemporary diagnostic tests. It presents the opportunity to screen the entire UK population once (or twice) each year for less than £5BN (est £3-4BN) and to reduce the cost of healthcare by an estimated £20BN pa.
(See Operating Manual: www.montaguehealthcare.co.uk/OperatingManual.pdf)
The basic methodology, and the scope of this technology, is outlined in a series of 60 peer-reviewed medical papers.
(uk.linkedin.com/pub/graham-ewing/44/386/214)
 
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 / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Strannik Virtual Scanning is able to determine all common pathologies in a single test of 20 minutes duration. In-market surveillance has indicated that SVS appears to be circa 2-23% more precise than contemporary methods of diagnosis. A recent non-clinical study in Spain (10/16) illustrated that the technology was able to determine all known medical conditions in the cohort of (20) patients.
 
Using the data derived from this cognitive, computer-based, test the technique determines the precise parameters of Strannik Light Therapy -which acts upon autonomic dysfunction, and (across a wide range of medical indications) appears to be typically 83-96% effective. This compares with the 50% effectiveness of drugs and also that the effectiveness of many drugs declines over a period.
 
Benefits:
 
  • reduce the flow of patients into the healthcare system;
  • reduce the cost and complexity of training the GP
  • improve the ability of the GP to identify complex medical conditions, reduce the need for repeat consultations, and/or avoid doctor errors
  • reduce the need for histopathology samples (nurses, rubber gloves, sampling tubes, transport costs, histopathology lab costs)
  • reduce expenditure in secondary care i.e. for highly expensive scans and tests;
  • provide health reports and increase the ability for patients to have a clear understanding of their health and assume responsibility for their health i.e. change the focus of medicine  from treating the symptoms to prevention
  • regularly screen the health of the most at-risk patients thereby reducing the need for A&E services
  • improve the accuracy of drug prescribing thereby avoiding mis-prescribing of drugs
  • reduce the need for drugs
  • reduce the overall cost of healthcare by an estimated £20BN pa
“I have to hand it to you. You have correctly and in precise detail identified the five or six major items which are known to be of concern to me”. Dr John Doran, Medical Director, Nottingham’s Queens Medical Center, November 2003.
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Support patients to obtain an early diagnosis to seek timely treatment.
Current and planned activity: 
Mimix Montague Healthcare is actively seeking NHS partnerships to move forward Strannik Technology. Evaluation and trials have been conducted in other countries (Russia and Spain) and a collaboration within the UK is currently being sought.
 
  • Procurement / Adoption of Strannick Technology within NHS Trusts
  • Evaluation / Validation / Clinical Trial - Need to gain additional validation seeking a trial centre.
  • Project Assistance required - The Company’s development project is interested in locating possible clinical / academic collaborators.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
software/copyright
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
3 years +
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
The technology is immediately scaleable. In theory, and as an indication of scaleability, we could train 1000 practitioners to use Strannik technology within 4 weeks. 
Measures:
Strannik Virtual Scanning is unique for a number of very good reasons e.g. (i) that it can determine pathological onset from its presymptomatic origins, (ii) it can determine the full spectrum of pathologies in all organs and not just a single biomarker, (iii) it can determine genotype and phenotype, and (iv) it can determine many conditions where there is currently an unmet clinical need.  Further studies are required to illustrate how such a sophisticated technology will complement the current range of biomarker tests which are generally used in clinical practice. The technique is non-invasive and has a base cost of circa £15/test thereby addressing safety and cost.  The procedure is entirely non-invasive which significantly enhances the patient experience, often experienced as 'a pleasure'.  
Strannik Light Therapy is based upon an understanding of how the brain regulates the autonomic nervous system.  A comparison of Strannik Light Therapy with contemporary methods of treating patients is likely to enhance the patient experience, result in significantly reduced side-effects, and will be at very much lower cost.
Success will be measured by reduced number of patient consultations, lower cost of diagnosing and treating patients. 
Adoption target:
Our aim is to secure the introduction of Strannik technology to every primary care practice
Rejection Reason:
Dear Mr Ewing Thank you very much for your submission to the Meridian Innovation Health Exchange. I can confirm that we have now reviewed your submission and i regret to inform you that we have not been able to identify any clinical champions for this project. While I appreciate that Strannick are looking for support on the evaluation/evidence side, feedback from clinical / academic colleagues has not been positive and therefore we have done everything possible to engage but the appetite isn't there unfortunately. Given that our network is not focussed in exploring this area at this time we will therefore close your idea leaving it visible to our Meridian users. We wish you luck with your innovation. Regards The Meridian Team
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