Innovations for patient care utilising technology from space

NHS England | April 2018 | In NHS’s 70th year top doctors eye a giant leap for patient care with UK space agency

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Innovation Professor Tony Young visited the UK Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult-known as the UK Space Gateway.  During the visit new technologies were showcased, including environmental monitoring and satellite broadband which both offer benefits to patient care.


  • Environmental monitoring could have real benefits for the 1.2 million patients with  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as monitoring would give them and their carers updated information about air quality. Which could support those with COPD make informed decisions and give them early warnings of the increased risk of respiratory distress.
  • Satellite broadband: Over nine million people in England live in rural communities. Satellite broadband could give ambulance services real time patient information and allow them to send vital details ahead to hospitals.

Technology developed to monitor explore the solar system and discover new planets is being used to support NHS patient care. Examples include  wearables that help older people to avoid falls which utilises technology based on A NASA programme which monitored how people walk.

More information about the innovations is available from NHS England


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