HTN Now Awards 2023: meet the winners

It’s been a busy few months for us at HTN in the lead-up to the HTN Now Awards 2023 ceremony but the time has finally come – after hours of judging from a team of over 250 health tech professionals, we can finally announce our winners.

The awards provide a chance to showcase and celebrate the range of hard work and innovative thinking across our industry. All the finalists deserve a huge well done for their efforts to support and improve healthcare through digital means for patients and staff – and a special well done, of course, to our worthy winners.

So here we have it – the winners of the HTN Now Awards 2023.

Opening Address: Dr Ishani Patel, GP and Co-founder of Lantum

Health tech case study of the year

C2-Ai won this category.

C2-Ai’s prioritisation system is used to stratify the elective surgical waiting list on clinical risk and urgency along with social determinants of health and length of time on the waiting list. The overall aim is to save beds and reduce emergency emissions. The system assigns a detailed patient score from 0 to 100 to help fast and accurate prioritisation, with C2-Ai combining and automating existing AI-backed systems to build on 30 years of research and the biggest referential patient dataset. The Cheshire and Merseyside model has been deployed at multiple trusts and ICSs.

Find out more about all the finalists here.

Presented by Ramandeep Kaur, Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS University Hospitals of Northamptonshire

Excellence in healthcare data transformation

Congratulations to winners Here.

Here worked with Preston park Community PCN in Brighton to understand what could be done to collectively improve patient services by joining up recorded data. The PCN recognised a need for higher workforce capacity and capability within the local primary care sector and the first project focused on the development of six distinct online dashboards, tailored to individual teams. The dashboards can extract data from GP practice systems  including appointment utilisation and service provision. The second project then involved mapping patient data to care homes in the PCN to support work around frailty, identifying vulnerable people within the system.

Find out more here.

Presented by Kate Warriner, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust

Solution for connecting healthcare 

In this category, our winner is Charac.

Charac describe themselves as “on a mission to provide a one-stop digital platform for all independent community pharmacies”. Their technology allows independent community practices to actively manage patient relationships whilst improving patient retention, offering time saving across pharmacy operations by enabling patients to book consultations, order prescriptions and arrange video consultations all through a digital platform.

Read more about them here.

Presented by Osman Bhatti, GP and Chief Clinical Information Officer, North-East London ICB

Digital ICS transformation

The winner of this category is HN, working with Stafford and Surrounds CCG.

The CCG wanted to look at how existing patient data could be used to predict those most likely to attend A&E or need hospital care in the near future, using artificial intelligence. Using HN’s AI-powered predictive analytics, HN Predict, the CCG could identify and prioritise people with a high risk of worsening health conditions in real time by analysing their patient records. The resulting coaching programme, delivered by HN’s trained clinical staff, was co-created with patients and focused on motivation, health literacy, self-management and care coordination.

Read more about HN and other finalists here.

Presented by: Jeffrey Wood, Deputy Director of ICT, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust


Excellence in remote monitoring

In this category, congratulations to Intelligent Lilli.

Intelligent Lilli’s sensor-based tech is designed around a preventative methodology to help care practitioners better care for service users, supporting them to choose how and where they live their lives. Lilli utilises machine learning to discreetly establish a service user’s normal pattern of behaviour through collection of data sensors in the home which provides a baseline for what ‘normal’ looks like for that person. Deviations from the norm can allow carers to step in before a condition escalates, allowing carers to tailor provisions to the individual.

Read more here.

Presented by Graham Walsh, Medical Director at Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network


Best digital solution for patients

Here we have winners CardMedic.

CardMedic is a digital communications app that aims to reduce health inequalities for patients with additional communication needs. Curated and written by digital experts, it consists of an A-Z library available in 44 languages and covers a wide variety of clinical situations. Since CardMedic was introduced at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, patience confidence in care teams has increased by almost a third according to an independent evaluation conducted by the University of Brighton.

Find out more here.

Presented by Jason Bincalar, Chief Information Officer, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Digital clinical safety and process improvement

Our winner is Cibiltech.

Centred around iBox, an algorithm capable of predicting individual long-term renal draft survival, Cibiltech developed Predigraft: a web-based software as a medical device. It offers a global monitoring platform for kidney transplant patients to improve their follow-up with two interfaces- a patient app allowing remote patient monitoring and offering personalised support, and an interface for healthcare providers to monitor patients remotely through a dashboard.

Read more here.

Presented by Mike Fuller, Head of Marketing at InterSystems.


Excellence in innovation and change

In this category, we have the winning partnership of Intouch with Health and University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

They worked together to create a remote outpatient assessment clinic on the top floor of a department store in order to deliver high-volume, low complexity face-to-face outpatient screening and appointments. End-to-end digital patient flow pathways and PAS integrated data management kept the remote clinic running with all associated outcomes fully integrated. The first nine months saw 8,442 patients seen across nine services, and in the future it is hoped that the project will form a blueprint for similar projects nationwide.

Read more about them and the other finalists here.

Presented by: Nick Weston, Chief Commercial Officer at Lilli


Best evidence based tech

Our winner here is MCAP.

MCAP is supporting the NHS to tackle patient flow blockages, delayed care transfers and stranded patients by identifying opportunities to reduce length of stay and support Discharge to Assess (D2A) models. MCAP’s solution includes a clinically based set of criteria combined with a data-gathering and reporting system for use in medical-surgical and mental health care settings and is used to place patients for admission or continued stay at the most appropriate level of care given their individual requirements.

To find out more, click here.

Presented by Steve Brigden, Head of Cylera UK.


EPR programme of the year

In this category, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust took the prize.

In October 2021 the trust successfully completed migration of over 1.4 million records and 820 thousand appointments onto their new EPR, resulting in 44 fully digitised standardised care pathways to reduce unwarranted clinical variation. The trust states that patient safety has improved overall due to fewer adverse drug events because of the closed loop clinical decision support in EPMA, and Bedside Medical Device Integrations have created early warning clinical alarms for deteriorating patients.

Read more about them and other finalists here.

Presented by Nick Knight, Operations Director at babblevoice


Digital solution for social care

Congratulations to winners NHS Arden & GEM CSU and Liverpool City Council.

The project follows a pilot set up by the Department of Health and Social Care, which saw North West DSCRO work with three local authorities including Liverpool to explore how DSCRO could be used to link health and social care data. The programme team has worked collaboratively with local authorities to begin submitting data, with a dedicated website developed and a ‘buddy’ scheme introduced to help support and facilitate the submission process. The data has already been used for healthcare delivery such as identifying a number of carers known to health and care services to invite them for their COVID-19 vaccination. Several projects are underway to make further use of the data in planning and improving services. 

Read more here.

Presented by Piyush Mahapatra, Director of Innovation, Open Medical


Supporting net zero NHS using digital 

And finally, we come to our last winner, Cambridge University Hospitals!

The trust is using technology which can choose between solar, battery and mains energy to deliver the lowest possible carbon eating and air-conditioning for mums and babies at The Rosie Hospital.  Developed by Arriba Technologies on St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge, the new technology combines photovoltaic (solar) roof panels, cooling, heating and the power of huge lithium batteries with computer-controlled electronics in a single unit. It can flip between the three different sources of power and choose whichever is most green at the time. The technology has led to a 60 percent carbon reduction compared to the previous conventional chiller unit.

Presented by Ben Panton, Digital Partnership Manager, NHS Arden & GEM CSU


That’s a wrap on the HTN Now Awards 2023! 

The team at HTN would like to say a huge well done to those who entered and a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the awards process!