Thanks to a team of aspiring medical students from The Manchester Grammar School (MGS), the NHS could save up to £5m a year.
The boys attended the third Manchester MedX conference held at CityLabs 1.0, and devised a solution to address poor medication adherence.
The boys’ idea was awarded best concept of the day, defeating solutions put forward by practicing doctors, consultants and healthcare professionals with years of experience of working in the medical industry.
The MGS team was made up of Aizaz Chaudhry, 16, of Altrincham, Anthony Le, 16, of Stockport, Vikram Mitra, 17, of Sale, and Rayyan Nehal, 17, of Stockport.
They attended the conference, which was packed with international speakers, workshops and demonstrations and took part in the MedXSolve competition, which encouraged teams to tackle the issue of medication non-adherence.
Without prior planning, the boys devised a web-based app called MedCloud, which would allow patients and GPs access to a platform that would show how often a patient takes their medication, whether they need their medication to be reviewed and whether the patient has taken the medication at all. Patients would supply their own information to a shared server which GPs could access, and if patients fail to upload their information automatic reminders would be sent.
In cases where patients require additional support, families would also have access to the information.
The application could save the NHS up to £5m a year which is wasted on medicines prescribed to patients but not taken.
Not only was the boys’ concept singled out as the best, but Aizaz Chaudhry, who presented the idea, was given an additional prize for best presentation, and received a 3D-printed skull, made during the conference to demonstrate the practical effects of 3D printing technology within the medical industry.
Chaudhry said: “I’m really pleased that the judges singled out our idea as the best and most innovative on the day. The conference was really beneficial and I learned how to work together in a team to come up with a creative solution, then try and grasp the essence of the idea to try and advertise it.”
Anthony Le said: “We were the youngest group in the competition, and so we were astonished to find that we won, since we were up against consultants and medical students from across the country.”
Vikram Mitra said: “Our presentation was detailed and thorough and we really impressed the judges by our unique idea and enthusiasm. It’s made me realise I might want to do more than just work for the NHS in the future and build a career in different aspects of the medical profession.”
Rayyan Nehal said: “The conference was a really good experience, particularly competing against other medics and other students in the conference. It significantly expanded my views on medicine and showed me the various alternative pathways someone can take.”
Dr Samuel Crawshaw, who helps prepare Sixth Form students intending to study medicine, congratulated the boys, saying: “This is a phenomenal achievement, and I have no doubt it will be hugely impressive to the medical schools these students are applying to next term. We are hugely proud of them all.”
(Picture shows left to right): Rayyan Nehal, Anthony Le, Vikram Mitra and Aizaz Chaudhry