For all the main health tech headlines from this week, keep an eye on our latest news archive, which features important stories from the past few days. This includes the opening of applications for an NHSX digital health funding award, the launch of Boots’ online doctor services, and the release of the World Health Organisation’s first report on AI in health.
HTN has also been ‘out and about’ virtually, attending the online opening and tour of Chelsea and Westminster NHS FT’s new digitally enhanced critical care units, as well as chatting to Clinical Informatics Pharmacist Anna Bunch, and hosting a live webcast with Isosec and Barts Health NHS FT. Phew.
Now, however, it’s time to put our feet up, unwind with a coffee and read all about the best of the rest of the news in brief…
NHS invests £400k in remote monitoring respiratory app
NHSX and NHS England have provided over £400,000 in funding for the expansion of MyCare24 – a remote monitoring service that provides digital support for respiratory patients.
The app – called Luscii – underwent a successful trial during the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be rolled-out to assist thousands of people with long-term respiratory conditions across the Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group.
Over the next two years, around 6,000 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be able to use the app to help them to manage their condition, with the funding meaning that people with both moderate and severe respiratory conditions will now have access to it. A paper-based version will also be available for those without smartphones.
The app and service work together to provide support 24 hours-a-day, giving patients ’round-the-clock’ access to the MyCare24 clinical team, which is led by the Digital Care Hub at Airedale Hospital. The app can recognise when patients’ oxygen levels start to deteriorate and users will be able to input both their oxygen saturations and heart rate from pulse oximeter readings. There are also in-app resources, such as a messaging service that provides early warnings of weather changes that could affect conditions.
The funding is provided by NHSX as part of a wider package of regional support, which totals £3 million, to expand digital solutions across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Dr Katherine Hickman, GP and Respiratory Lead for NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This funding announcement is fantastic news as it gives us the opportunity to scale up the use of remote monitoring and supported self-management for people with COPD. The Luscii App offers self-care materials and videos as well as ‘Know Your Normal’, a simple tool helping people recognise the early signs of an exacerbation and guidance on what to do. For patients not using the Luscii App, the information pack will be provided in paper format at the point of referral that will include educational content and signposting to services and helplines.”
Dr Claire Lawless, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Our trial has demonstrated how people with COPD can be successfully supported to manage their condition at home reducing the need for clinical support and in particular reducing the risk of emergency admission to hospital. To ensure we have a service that works for everyone, we have involved a range of health and care staff as well as ensuring we listen to the feedback we’ve been getting from people using Luscii, as well as their families.”
Alder Hey launches HR E-Form App
Alder Hey Innovation Centre and Artificial Intelligence HQ (AIHQ) has launched a new HR E-Form App, which will assist staff by ‘easing and simplifying’ HR processes and minimising delays.
Memory Lane Games and Quantum Science reach KPMG final
Two health tech innovators – Memory Lane Games and Quantum Science Ltd – have been named ‘North West finalists’ as part of an initiative to find a new global tech pioneer, in a competition called the KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator (KPMG UKTI).
The two companies were recently chosen to represent the region from amongst the 10 fast growth tech businesses that were shortlisted in the area, after pitching their businesses to a panel of industry experts. They will now go forward into a UK final.
Based on the Isle of Man, Memory Lane Games’ work focuses on improving the lives of dementia patients and their carers, through tech. The company uses ‘evidence-based dementia therapy apps’ which combine localised, familiar and cognitively-stimulating games optimised with artificial intelligence and machine learning to create ‘frustration-free’ design and deliver personalised dementia therapy at scale.
Quantum Science, located at Daresbury Science Park in Warrington has created nanomaterials, called INFIQÂ® quantum dots (QD), that can be tuned to absorb visible and infrared light, with the overall aim of making novel QD sensors to boost and improve the image sensor market.