NHS England | April 2018 | Heart patients among those to benefit as NHS England backs innovation
A scheme run by NHS England to identify and fast track specific innovations into the NHS is now in its second year. It delivers improvements in patient care by cutting bureaucracy for clinicians and other innovators and encouraging uptake through the NHS. NHS England has just announced four innovations that have the potential to benefit patients. Among the innovations is image analysis software that creates a 3D model of the heart and could prevent up to 35,000 patients a year undergoing invasive tests. Other innovations identified include a suture which is designed to reduce infections, a new device that will reduce the number of infections from catheters and a ‘bowel scope’ to improve colorectal examinations.
- HeartFlow – Advanced image analysis software that creates a 3D model of the coronary arteries and analyses the impact that blockages have on blood flow to rapidly diagnose patients with suspected coronary artery disease. The use of the device can avoid the need for invasive investigations such as coronary angiography, usually carried out under local anaesthetic, where a catheter is passed through the blood vessels to the heart to release a dye before X-rays are taken. NICE estimate up to 35,000 people per year could be eligible.
- Plus Sutures – A new type of surgical suture – stitching – that reduces the rate of surgery-linked infection (surgical site infection) such as MRSA, through the use of antimicrobial suture packs. There were 823 cases of MRSA reported in the NHS in 2016/17.
- Endocuff Vision – A new type of ‘bowel scope’ that improves colorectal examination for patients undergoing bowel cancer tests. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in England with 34,000 people diagnosed each year. For every 1,000 people screened for cancer, it is estimated that six cases could be avoided thanks to early detection through the use of this device.
- SecurAcath – A device to secure catheters that reduces the infection risk for patients with a peripherally inserted central catheter. The use of this equipment helps to reduce the time taken to care and treat dressing changes. This type of catheter is normally used in people needing intravenous access for several weeks or months in both inpatient and outpatient settings. NICE estimate up to 120,000 people per year could be eligible.
Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation at NHS England, said: “For new innovations to flourish and spread at scale access to funding is critical, by buying these four innovations centrally NHS England has removed the barriers to the spread of these innovations so patients can benefit faster.
The NHS’ 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England – will take direct responsibility for accelerating uptake locally.
All information from NHS England, the news release can be read on this webpage
This report illustrates the areas where artificial intelligence (AI) could help the NHS become more efficient and deliver better outcomes for patients. | Reform
The report from Reform suggests that AI has the potential to:
- help address the health and wellbeing gap by predicting which individuals or groups of individuals are at risk of illness and allow the NHS to target treatment more effectively towards them
- give all health professionals and patients access to cutting edge diagnostics and treatment tailored to individual need, helping to reduce the care and quality gap
- help address the efficiency and funding gap by automating tasks, triaging patients to the most appropriate services and allowing them to self-care
The report makes 16 recommendations, and also highlights the main barriers to the implementation of this technology, suggesting some potential solutions.
Full report: Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS
Seven areas across England are set to trail-blaze digital services for mental health patients, which will include innovative apps to improve care and online access to ‘real-time’ patient records. | NHS England
NHS England has announced funding for seven mental health trusts to enable them to pioneer digital services for mental health patients. It is intended that all key professionals involved in a patient’s care have access to real-time records – from triage and initial assessment, through to admissions or referrals, as well as transfer between services and follow up care.
The trusts will also develop remote, mobile and assistive technologies to empower patients to manage their conditions and enable family and carers to provide the best possible support.
The trusts will have up to £70m to invest in digital services – consisting £35m with additional match funding from themselves of £35m – in order to become ‘Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health’ helping the organisations become world-leading in the use of IT, providing knowledge and expertise to the wider NHS in order to reduce time and costs for others.
This is all part of the NHS’ plan to harness technology to improve services and become more efficient.
Today is Innovation Day, so CRUK are taking a look at some of the cutting edge technologies that their researchers are using in their efforts to understand and treat cancer | CRUK
- iKnife: an ‘intelligent knife’ to spot cancerous tissue during surgery
- Blood tests to monitor and personalise treatment
- Nanobubbles to re-oxygenate tumours
- Gold nanoparticles
- Infra-red endoscopes to detect cancer earlier
- Gene editing to boost immunotherapies
- New imaging technologies
Read the full blog post here
How artificial intelligence could provide some respite for the NHS | The Conversation
Earlier this month, the NHS announced plans to trial an artificially intelligent mobile health app to a million people in London. The aim is to help diagnose and treat patients by engaging them in a real time text message conversation which will complement the NHS 111 phone based service.
The NHS app is simple to use and has been likened to using the social messaging service WhatsApp – but with one crucial difference: the conversation takes place with a computer, not a person. Once the app is downloaded, users log their basic health information, and then start explaining their symptoms. The robotic “responder” will say things like: “I just need a few details from you before we get started,” and “nearly there” to keep the conversation going.
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