Technology

Fast-track innovation initiative launches in Scotland

NHS patients in Scotland are set to benefit from a new initiative that will expedite the development, assessment and effective roll out of approved technological innovations into the Scottish healthcare frontline.

Announced to healthcare professionals today at the NHS Scotland Event 2022, the Accelerated National Innovation Adoption (ANIA) pathway looks to “assess, prioritise and scale up” impactful and influential innovations as part of the “Once for Scotland” approach.

The scheme is being coordinated by NHS Golden Jubilee’s national Centre for Sustainable Delivery (CfSD) and will:

  • Identify, assess and implement technological innovations on a Once for Scotland basis.
  • Use the range of skills available across NHS Scotland to quickly and safely launch innovations nationally, helping more patients to be seen faster.
  • Support ANIA partners to contribute their expertise to move high impact innovations along the ANIA pathway at an accelerated pace.
  • Enable joint planning with territorial NHS Boards for accelerated adoption and implementation of innovations and associated service change, providing equal access to patients across Scotland.
  • Ensure only the highest impact, evidence-based innovations that align to Scottish Government priorities are adopted nationally.

The ANIA pathway is being led by the ANIA Collaborative, which encompasses the national Centre for Sustainable Delivery, Digital Health and Care Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland, Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Health and Industry Partnership.

Professor Jann Gardner, Chief Executive of NHS Golden Jubilee and Chair of the ANIA Collaborative, said: “The ANIA Collaborative are committed to seeking out innovative solutions to complex problems and to implement these at pace on a Once for Scotland basis. Working together with colleagues across NHS Scotland, academia and industry, we can be greater than the sum of our parts, bringing patient centred innovation to our patients.

“The national Centre for Sustainable Delivery at NHS Golden Jubilee has been set up specifically to renew and transform healthcare services across NHS Scotland.

“As a national organisation which delivers care through collaboration, NHS Golden Jubilee is delighted to be working with our NHS Scotland and Scottish Government colleagues in the ANIA Collaborative to positively impact on patient outcomes, provide faster access treatment, and ensure equal access to care.”

Innovations currently being evaluated by the scheme include heart failure pathways, digital dermatology, a theatre scheduling tool, and chest x-ray artificial intelligence.

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