Digital Health-01As part of the Digital Innovation Hub programme, Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) has announced 10 ‘Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects’, three of which are being led or supported by AHSNs: Health Innovation Manchester, Eastern AHSN and the Innovation Agency.

These innovative data solutions to healthcare challenges are set to receive a share of £3 million Government funding following a UK-wide competition. The initiatives will see NHS, universities and companies combining expertise and using health data responsibly to drive innovation and improve health outcomes for people across the UK.

A digitally enhanced service using data from existing implantable devices to transform care and better meet the needs of heart failure patients is set to be trialled in Greater Manchester.

Health Innovation Manchester has developed the heart failure project through an innovative partnership between Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Manchester, global medical devices company Medtronic and clinical trials specialists North West EHealth. Read more here.

The Eastern AHSN is supporting an innovative project with the potential to help identify, diagnose and treat people with rare diseases. Working with five NHS trusts, the project will develop a secure cloud research platform with the potential to transform the understanding of rare genetic disorders, drive improvements in diagnosis and provide proof of principle for use in other diseases. Read more here.

The Innovation Agency funded and supported the bid application for a project led by the University of Liverpool to improve outcomes for patients with epilepsy and reduce unnecessary admissions to A&E by connecting data from GPs, hospitals and ambulance services and making this available to paramedics and A&E staff when they are called to patients requiring urgent care.

Full details on all 10 innovation projects are available here.


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