Roundup: UK rehab centre offers robotics equipment for patients, new electronic discharge summaries saves NHS costs and more briefs

Also, health tech investments in Dubai and India explored.
By Sara Mageit
05:23 am
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Credit: Askham Rehabilitation Centre 

UK rehabilitation centre offers robotics equipment for patients 

A UK-based care and rehab centre is now able to deliver robotics expertise as part of its global rehabilitation offering.

Askham Village Community, based in Cambridgeshire, England, is now bringing all its rehab services together with the launch of Askham Rehab, a specialist global rehabilitation service incorporating robotics and sensor assisted technology.

The centre will join a select group of European care providers in offering the service.

The technology will assist in the treatment of a range of conditions, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, and various traumas, as well as strokes and other neurological conditions.

Priscilla Masvipurwa, head of rehab and nursing services at Askham, said: “This is going to be a game changer in our approach to rehabilitation. Robotics helps to bridge the gap, increasing the frequency and repetitiveness of treatment, something that’s an essential part of the process. We anticipate that this will enable us to support our patients to reach their goals in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

New electronic discharge summaries to save the NHS time and admin costs

Following a successful trial by NHS Digital, TPP and Dorset County Hospital working with Independent Systems Integrators, hospitals across England will soon be able to send clinical patient discharge summaries and outpatient attendance information electronically to GP systems.

During the trial, Dorset County Hospital was able to send 4,000 structured FHIR messages to four volunteer GP practices locally, including outpatient letters, emergency care and inpatient discharge summaries.

The system saves GP practices time in processing and clarifying the information they receive, so changes can be tracked and necessary actions taken.

It will also notify hospitals when messages have been delivered and have been actioned. GPs and hospitals benefit from a reduction in paper use, postal costs and time re-typing information into their computer system.

Health tech investments in Dubai and India explored

The impact of the current economic atmosphere on the investment ecosystem in fintech and health tech in India and in Dubai was discussed at a webinar organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry this week.

Chief representative of the Dubai Chamber’s International Office in Mumbai, Sameer Nawani, explained that digitisation and growth in technology are bringing about significant changes in healthcare systems.

The UAE accounts for 60 per cent of funding for startups in the Middle East and in the North Africa region in the first half of 2020. India was highlighted among the top three startup centres despite a decline in funding for startups.

The panel concluded that new technology enables startups to be agile in designing progressive solutions for changing needs in the health tech sector. Panellists agreed that funding accelerates the growth of these startups as well as the pace at which technology advances.

BioSure and Vital Signs Solutions announce strategy for getting Britain back to work

BioSure and Vital Signs Solutions have launched a COVID-19 digital testing solution, to employers that provide on-site testing, education and full reporting, ensuring workplace COVID safety measures are met and employers are able to evidence their compliance with the current guidelines.

The workplace solution involves testing with a finger prick sample of blood and getting your result while you wait.

BioSure has partnered with Vital Signs Solutions, owners of the PocDoc digital platform to build the BioSure powered by PocDoc app. 

BioSure and Vital Signs Solutions have already begun working with companies within key “get Britain back to work” sectors including gyms, restaurants and co-working spaces.

The solution offers tests that detect 3 different types of antibodies to COVID-19, so they can identify individuals who currently have COVID-19 as well as those who have previously had the virus.

Trialbee partners with Clinerion to accelerate patient recruitment for clinical trials

Sweden-based technology provider for patient engagement in clinical trials, Trialbee, has announced a partnership with Swiss-based provider of medical data informatics, Clinerion.

The partnership will accelerate the time to market by shortening patient recruitment and enrollment timelines and will reduce costs associated with patient recruitment and loss-to-follow-up.

The combination of Clinerion’s expertise in leveraging electronic health record (EHR) data for clinical research, combined with Trialbee’s multiple-step qualification process, will improve and streamline this process.

Lollo Eriksson, CEO of Trialbee said: “This partnership significantly broadens our global reach and allows us to expand our data set for predictable intelligence-based patient recruitment and retention to support traditional and decentralised trials.

“This is a great opportunity for both organisations to make trials simpler for investigators and to deliver on our commitment of expediting clinical research by optimising the use of real-world data.”

Wellbeing provider hero joins Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre initiative

UK-based health tech company hero, has joined the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre’s (AWRC) accelerator programme, at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Manchester-based health tech company was accepted onto the programme as a result of its award-winning Navigator technology for preventive health.

The AWRC is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the population through innovations that help people move.

The partnership will enable hero to work with the AWRC’s academic teams to add clinical validation to preventative health and lifestyle habits and provide support for mental, physical and social health.

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