Digital Health Age: Weekly news roundup

Digital Health Age takes a look at some of the biggest stories that have emerged over the course of the past week.


End of an era 

The biggest news this week comes from Beverley Bryant, who announced she is leaving her role as director of digital transformation at NHS Digital for a COO position at health software supplier System C and its sister company Graphnet Care Alliance.

Bryant’s move come after years of experience at the NHS which included her being awarded Digital Leader of the Year 2017 in the Women in IT national awards. In the NHS Bryant was responsible for negotiating the spending review settlement to deliver the NHS and social care digital strategy, heading the NHS E-Referral Service and the Patient Online programme. Bryant also co-developed the ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ strategy.

About her new position, Bryant said: “The System C & Graphnet Care Alliance stand out for me because they work across the whole health and social care economy. They have real drive, a substantial user base and an excellent delivery record.

“I am really pleased and excited to be joining the supplier community to help drive real change at such a critical moment.”


 Serving up a winner! 

A digital health competition for teenagers across Scotland has announced the teams that have made it into the finals.

The competition, #DigiInventorsChallenge, is sponsored by Andy Murray who has previously campaigned for digital health in the past. The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) launched the competition as a way to invite young people across Scotland to develop innovations for digital health.

The teams will be invited to attend the #DigiInventorsBootcamp in Autumn to develop entrepreneurial skills. The teams will attend master classes and workshops hosted by industry experts and prepare a pitch for their idea, which they will present to a panel of experts. The winner will be announced and presented at Andy Murray Live” on 7 November in Glasgow.

The winning team will have their design developed into a prototype by DHI and digital transformation service provider, Sopra Steria. The winning team will also be offered support from businesses and investors in an attempt to commercialise the idea. The prize package includes Apple Watches for all shortlisted entries, £500 for the runner up, and iPads and £2,000 funding for the winning school, college or group.


Playing NICE

NICE have announced that its Scientific Advice service is launching an online tool to help medical device and diagnostics developers get their products approved faster.

By using the tool developers will be able to understand and generate the evidence needed to show their products are clinically and cost effective.

NICE’s Medtech Early Technical Assessment (META) tool has been developed alongside Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network and helps developers know what their products need to satisfy payer requirements. The tool is a paid for service and is aimed at small and medium sized companies.

Leeza Osipenko, head of NICE Scientific Advice said: “We want to help healthcare systems get access to more products that meet such criteria and help companies develop these technologies and relevant evidence to demonstrate their value to patients and payers.


Pocket that Mr Hunt

A new report from the International Longevity Centre has highlighted a number of health projects that could save the NHS and social care sector billions between 2015 – 2030.

The report calculates that the NHS could save £18.5 billion and the social care sector £6.3 billion if it effectively implemented a number of technologies and projects.

It’s also reported that the UK is not doing enough with the tools at its disposal. Social care is underfunded and funding options in the NHS can often discourage innovations. The report states that there is a slow uptake of new drugs and treatments in the UK and adoption speed varies across the country.

Included in the report is the UK’s Memory First Project, a dementia service managed by a collection of GPs across Staffordshire. It’s estimated the project could save up to £38 million between 2019 -2030. Memory First offers care facilitators for dementia patients, helping them access the community and the services they need.

A programme at Manchester Royal Infirmary is also included, which sees it providing the training and equipment for people to perform home dialysis. If properly implemented across the country the NHS could save up to £5.6 billion between 2014 – 2030.




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