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Jack Grodon, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist / Fracture Clinic Team Lead at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and one of DigitalHealth.London's Digital Pioneer Fellows, explores the challenges that may prevent patients sticking to their regimes; and suggests ways that digital tools could help.
“As a lead therapist with a background in Quality Improvement, I am interested in exploring how acute inpatient therapy teams in the NHS are using their own data,” writes Nazia Ahmad. She asks whether it is possible to evidence whether therapists are making data-driven decisions and improvements.
Online GP consultation provider LIVI is launching to patients across the UK through a new NHS partnership. The company is taking part in the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme, and is making the app available via the NHS to patients registered with 40 GP practices in North West Surrey and the North West of England.
Over £7 million for seven new NHS Test Beds around the country has been announced, which include partnerships with several DigitalHealth.London Accelerator companies. Projects being tested include using AI and machine learning for breast cancer screening, and a digital platform to help manage diabetes.
The online portal, DrDoctor, is set to save the NHS tens of millions of pounds by slashing the number of missed appointments as well as making it easier and more convenient for patients to make and manage bookings. Patients can also fill in medical forms before they arrive using the system and receive appointment letters digitally.
Led by DigitalHealth.London Accelerator alumnus Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (C-BAS), Innovate UK has awarded a £865,000 Digital Health Technology Catalyst grant to a consortium to develop an advanced AI platform that analyses physical movements of patients. Partners include Andiamo (another alumnus), which makes user-centred children’s orthotics.
Working closely with one of our Accelerator “NHS Navigators” – an NHS expert that scouts for solutions – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was introduced to MIRA Rehab. MIRA Rehab provides an innovative digital system is designed to make physiotherapy fun and convenient for patients recovering from surgery or injury, by transforming physical therapy exercises into video-games. It was chosen to work in children’s wards in the hospital to increase the motivation, compliance, and understanding of physiotherapy exercises for children in the ward environment.
Each month, just three sexual health clinics in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) diagnose 400 cases of chlamydia, 250 cases of gonorrhoea, 100 of trichomoniasis, 50 of syphilis, and five cases of HIV. The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator has supported SXT with navigation, access to training, introductions and support. Within GSTT, SXT now provides four services to help tackle the incidence of STIs and reduce transmission.
In 2018, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust launched the “Let's Get Digital” innovation programme. Infinity Health, a secure collaboration and task management platform that addresses workflow and mobile communication challenges, pitched to the trust to help address a key challenge area of patient flow in the Emergency Department.
Five NHS digital health accelerators launch across England today, including the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, as part of the largest push yet to rapidly increase the speed of digital health products take up in the NHS. Thirty-four companies have been selected as some of the highest potential and best-placed to help England’s NHS meet the challenges of an ageing population and scarce resources.