£4m awarded to innovations for NHS recovery

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI Healthcare), which supports a programme of competitions inviting companies to come forward with their ideas and new technologies for known NHS challenges, recently awarded £4 million to nine medical technology and digital innovations to support the NHS in recovery from Covid-19.

Launched in partnership with the Innovation Agency and the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the competition attracted 46 applications from small businesses, technology start-ups and NHS Trusts.

The newly funded projects will run for nine months, with the aim to implement their technology in a real-world environment, building evidence for future uptake and scale-up.

  • Sapien Health (£368,292) for its surgical optimisiation multi-site randomised control trial, a complete at-home digital clinic supporting people before, during and after surgery to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
  • Medishout (£478,111) for a digital platform to improve operational efficiencies and elective recovery in NHS hospitals, providing healthcare’s only “one-stop app” for staff to resolve operational tasks.
  • Dr Julian Medical Group (£445,599) for the Dr Julian Online Mental Health Platform as a technology in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), providing an end-to-end platform for booking, matching and choosing clinicians.
  • Mastercall Healthcare (£497,572), for integrated, technology-enhanced care homes with a 24/7 monitoring service, through which bluetooth-enabled reporting medical devices are connected to a remote access monitoring portal.
  • RUMI Medtech (£404,572) for their digital transformation of clinical pathways with Remcare, which sees an algorithm analyse the data and risk stratify of patients to preset clinical thresholds, allowing accurate prioritisation of waiting lists.
  • Concentric Health ( £404,600) for evidence generation for the use of concentric digital consent; by using technology to enable digital and remote consent, Concentric Health seek to increase form quality, decrease error rates and enhance shared decision-making.
  • Ufonia (£496,425) for the roll-out of Dora, an automated clinical assistant, to the cataract pathway, to ensure that patients receive a more convenient experience and increase care capacity.
  • Cyted (£499,780) for project CYTOPRIME piloting the use of Cytosponge in the community, a non-endoscopic test for the earlier detection of oesophageal conditions.
  • Definition Health (£387,294) for the use of a Total Digital Surgery Tool to improve prehabilitation of patients and increase effectiveness of surgery pathways

Date published: April 20, 2022

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