In December, four AHSNs collaborated to bring over 400 delegates (online and in-person), a session looking at how AHSNs support innovators to demonstrate the impact of their solutions in a real-world setting.
Representatives from UCLPartners, Imperial College Health Partners, Health Innovation Network and West of England AHSN outlined how best to approach gathering real world evidence, to assess the impact and benefits to patients, staff and the health economy.
Presenters at the Giant Health event session helpfully defined real world evidence as the following:
- An observed study to assess impact and benefits to patients, staff and the health economy of an innovation, within a non-controlled dynamic environment
- Evidence that helps with adoption and spread, providing organisations with an understanding of the implementation pathway and assurance of benefits
- Evidence that highlights the value proposition, taking into account local challenges and priorities.
Cievert, Brain in Hand, getUBetter and MyWay Digital Health also joined the session to explain how the AHSNs have been supporting them to gather real world evidence, what process they have gone through to make it happen and how this evidence has supported their business development.
The full session is now available to watch here.
One of the primary ways that AHSNs can support innovators is to help them gather real world evidence, including who to collaborate with, how to access funding and how to approach it in the most effective way.
Elias Zapantis, Deputy Head – Commercial and Innovation, UCLPartners said:
“Measuring the impact of an innovation in the real world is important for adopting organisations to understand the benefits for patients, staff and the NHS. There are many elements to the process from accessing collaborators, to funding, and developing evaluation methods, that we can support innovators with. We encourage innovators who feel they are ready to embark on a pragmatic, real-word study to get in touch with their local AHSN.”
If you would like support in this area, contact your local AHSN.