Alder Hey FT launches ‘hospital of the future’ tech in collaboration with Microsoft and Mindwave

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new digital platform “set to revolutionise the way in which patient care is delivered to children and young people”.

AlderHey@anywhere is an interactive and immersive digital health platform that provides a hybrid point of access, supporting patient care for families, children, young people and clinicians to manage, treat, educate and coordinate delivery of care.

It supports interoperability of multiple systems using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), and integrates with remote devices and resources for management of acute and chronic conditions, along with collating a new unique data set for longer-term, AI-augmented decision-making for preventative intervention, personalised care and long-term prevention of disease.

Termed the “hospital of the future”, it’s been designed to be engaging, immersive and intuitive, and has also been engineered for clinicians to monitor, assess and optimise data and clinical workflow.

The technology was developed in collaboration with Microsoft and Mindwave to find a solution to hospital capacity and community resource issues, along with tackling increased demand of A&E admissions, long waiting times and increasing lengths of stay.

Claire Liddy is the Managing Director of Alder Hey Innovation, the trust’s dedicated centre for finding ways to solve problems with new technologies and innovation. Commenting on the launch, she said, “What we want to do is to shift to a more preventative model of care that is individualised and tailored and that empowers children and young people to take ownership of their healthcare and treatment. There are so many different technologies out there now… what we needed was a hybrid platform to bring it all together into one place so that families, children and young people could access it, alongside their clinicians at the hospital.

“We think the AlderHey@nywhere platform will allow us to elevate the level and access to care for children and young people who tell us that they want to be empowered to understand and manage their own healthcare and treatment. It also allows us to move to a more preventative healthcare modelling, making healthcare more individual and personalised.”