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Alder Hey NHS Trust launch revolutionary digital health platform

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have launched a “ground-breaking” digital health platform that could revolutionise paediatric care in the NHS.

The health platform, called [email protected]™, is being touted as a hospital of the future, where care is delivered in a hybrid world, ultimately creating a “hospital without walls” and circumventing many of the inefficiencies and avoidable problems orthodox care is bogged down by.

The platform was designed by Alder Hey Innovation and was based around a model of prevention and intervention and according to Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust allows for:

  • A hybrid of both physical and virtual patient care.
  • Remote real-time monitoring of patient care for intervention.
  • Creating a platform of care that is tailored and self-managed.
  • Digital Bio-markers and IoMT for preventive real time augmented clinical decision making.
  • Children and young people want to be empowered to engaged interactively with gamification to understand and manage their care.

Managing Director of Alder Hey Innovation, Claire Liddy, said: “At the moment, healthcare is most often about treating people that are ill. What we want to do is to shift to a more preventative model of care that is individualised and tailored and that empowers children and young people to take ownership of their healthcare and treatment.

“There are so many different technologies out there now, including wearable technology and devices such as smartwatches that enable you to monitor your health at home. What we needed was a hybrid platform to bring it all together into one place so that families, children and young people could access it, alongside their clinicians at the hospital. 

“We think the [email protected]™ platform will allow us to elevate the level and access to care for children and young people who tell us that they want to be empowered to understand and manage their own healthcare and treatment. It also allows us to move to a more preventative healthcare modelling, making healthcare more individual and personalised.”

“The Innovation Centre at Alder Hey Children’s hospital is a really special and unique place. It’s a dedicated team, all focussed on bringing new technology into healthcare for the benefit of children and young people. We work with a wide range of private sector partners, including tech giants, SMEs, entrepreneurs and universities, to co-invent new technologies and innovations.

“We have a different mindset and culture of innovation; we are able to move fast and think big, which allows our innovation path to accelerate much faster than the traditional pathways. We are able to fuse healthcare and tech innovation with industry. This fusion brings something special and unique, creating faster-paced technologies.” 

By leveraging innovative solutions, whether they derive from data or AI, Alder Hey Innovation believe they can revolutionise paediatric healthcare and break down the barriers and jump over the hurdles that traditional, and possibly outdated and soon-to-be obsolete, health systems present.

The new approach aims to create more personalised and tailored care, subsequently transforming the patient experience.

More information about the digital platform is available here.

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