Digital Health Age takes a look at some of the biggest stories covered this week.
Swing when you’re winning!
A group of teens from Scotland have won an award sponsored by Andy Murray for an app idea that encourages young people and their families to lead healthier.
Teens from Erskine’s Park Mains High School won the #DigiInventorsChallenge competition, which challenged young people in Scotland to develop digital health innovations.
The competition took place at Andy Murray’s SSE Hydro event and was sponsored by the Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI).
Murray said: “We hoped that the next generation of innovators would rise to the challenge and they’ve certainly done that. Improving the health and fitness of everyone in Scotland, not just young people, is really important to me personally. So it’s great that the winning idea is an app that could help the whole family to improve their wellbeing together. I congratulate all the entrants for their creativity and hard work and look forward to seeing even more excellent ideas in 2018.”
NHS pursues digital innovations
A number of digital solutions have been selected by an NHS programme in an attempt to introduce new technology that could save lives and money.
Digital solutions including an app that aims to reduce waiting times for patients with minor injuries and another that gives patients accurate diagnoses at home were selected for the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme.
Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said: “Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit. More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor’s appointment or hospital outpatients.”
A remote programming system for patients with cochlear implants has been approved by the FDA.
The programming can be achieved via telemedicine, removing the need for patients to visit specialist clinics.
Regular programming sessions are required so that patients can have their device adjusted to change how they perceive different sounds.
Speaking about the approval, Malvina Eydelman, director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said:
“Programming adjustments to a cochlear implant are performed at specialised cochlear implant centres or at clinics by audiologists with expertise in cochlear implants. Being able to have a qualified audiologist program the device via telemedicine from a remote location can greatly reduce the burden to patients and their families, especially those who must travel great distances or need frequent adjustments.”
Speed it up
A new digital solutions tool has launched in the hope of saving millions of pounds for NHS CCGS in Cheshire.
Software has been developed by digital services provider IEG4 to digitise a typically paper-based system used for getting patients free treatment outside of hospitals. The old system was liable to cause delays and poor service provision to patients and carers.
The new system is expected to deliver efficiencies in excess of £1 million every year.