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NHSX to fund and support innovations for 500k people at home

NHSX have revealed that they will fund and support 14 new projects across the country to help half a million people receive care at home using digital technology.

This will include remote cardiac rehabilitation services and digital self-management systems, as well as parental support services for families of children with eating disorders.

NHSX unveiled the winners of the first phase of the Digital Health Partnership Award at the HETT (Healthcare Excellence Through Technology) Show in 2021.

The Partnership Award supports projects that leverage the value of technology, delivery and evaluation partnerships.

It is designed to help NHS organisations in England accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support patients with long term conditions.

Tara Donnelly, Chief Digital Officer at NHSX, said: “Through our Digital Health Partnership Award, these organisations will have access to the expertise and support they need to adopt or expand their digital capabilities safely and effectively, allowing many more patients with long term conditions to receive their care from the comfort of their homes rather than always having to attend primary and acute settings.”

In addition to innovation in digital technology, a number of the projects build on existing services to ensure more patients can benefit from remote services.

One of the projects also includes the expansion of secure video services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, which will make it possible for patients and carers, as well as their doctors, to share seizure videos across their neurology service.

Cambridgeshire Community Services are also expanding their remote health monitoring service.

Other winning projects also include:

•             delivery of a supported self-management prehabilitation intervention for all patients undergoing surgery - aiming to initially support patients to use technology to optimise long-term conditions, cancer and preparation for surgery and improve physical and mental fitness for surgery.

•             providing cardiac rehabilitation services through remote monitoring - patients will also be offered a range of devices such as blood pressure and pulse oximeter service which will enable a wearable activity tracker and smart scales.

Rhod Joyce, Deputy Director of innovation development at NHSX, said: “Each of our 14 Digital Health Partnership Award winners are fantastic and innovative examples from across the health sector of how the latest in digital technology has the potential to enhance patient care and also support frontline staff.”

The Digital Health Partnership Award will be run across two phases from 2021 to 2022, with the second phase opening for bids in November.

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