Digital innovations backed by NHS programme

A number of devices and digital solutions are being backed by NHS in the organisation’s latest programme to develop and spread new ideas, equipment and technology that could potentially save lives and money.

11 projects were selected as part of the third round of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme.

The projects will be promoted by the 15 NHS Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN).

Among those selected include a wireless device that monitors breathing and could aid the diagnosis of sepsis.

A home monitoring kit for hypertension in pregnant women was also selected. The kit allows pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia to input blood pressure readings and urine tests into an app to identify the condition.

Digital innovations selected include an app that tells patients with minor injuries where they can go to access the quickest treatment and an app that turns smartphones into a clinical device, giving patients accurate analysis from home.

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 doctors appointment or hospital outpatients.”

Ian Dodge, national director for Strategy and Innovation at NHS England, said: “Since it started the NHS Innovation Accelerator has continued to deliver for patients and the taxpayer. It’s just one of the ways that the NHS is getting its act together to provide practical help for innovators with the best ideas. From a small investment, we are already seeing very big benefits – safer care for patients, better value for taxpayers, new jobs created and export wins.”

The full list of selected products can be viewed here.


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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