17 pioneering individuals have been selected by NHS England to receive generous funding and support in becoming fellows of the Innovation Accelerator Programme to make the best healthcare innovations more widely available to patients.
The winning individuals have devised a range of apps, IT platforms, devices and processes designed to help prevent disease, speed up diagnosis, improve safety and efficiency of services and increase patient participation. More than 120 people from the UK and beyond applied to join the programme, which was whittled down to 17.
The innovations include: a smartphone heart monitor, dental health app, a telehealth service and a genome analytics software. At the launch event, NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, said he expected the participants to be part of the programme to become “leaders of the world-changing innovation in health care.”
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu, NHS England lead for the Innovation Accelerator programme, said: “innovation is critical to enabling the NHS to achieve the ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View: to ramp up the pace and scale of change, and deliver better outcomes for patients.
“The fellows bring a huge breadth of expertise to the programme and a passion for achieving better outcomes for patients through the adoption of innovation.”
Dr Lloyd Humphreys, from Patients Know Best, will be a fellow of the programme and said closer ties between NHS England and suppliers like PKB can help reduce costs and burden upon the health system whilst enhancing patient care.
“We want every patient in the UK to have control of their medical records and we want to embed a patient-centric approach to patient records management in the ethos and culture of the NHS,” he said.