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NHS digital innovations could save lives

22 November 2017 09:12

The RespiraSense can detect sepsis, pneumonia and cardiac arrest

The RespiraSense can detect sepsis, pneumonia and cardiac arrest

The NHS has released a list of groundbreaking devices it intends to roll out across England.

Among the innovations is a wireless device that spots early signs of sepsis, an aid that helps monitor hypertension in pregnant women and an at-home gadget that detects kidney disease and UTIs.

A new age of modern medicine

There are a total of 11 ideas included in the scheme, entitled the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said: "Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit.

"More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor's appointment or hospital outpatients."

The 11 innovations are being backed as part of the latest round of NHS England's mission to develop and spread potentially life-saving pioneering ideas, technology and equipment.

The ideas

All 15 NHS Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) will be promoting the ideas, with hopes they can save public health organisations millions of pounds.

These ideas include the RespiraSense wireless device, which measures breathing and aids the early detection of conditions such as sepsis and pneumonia to allow them to be treated more quickly. The gadget can also detect early signs of cardiac arrest.

The HaMpton app can be used by pregnant women who may be at risk of developing pre-eclampsia to get readings of their blood pressure and urine samples and find out if they've developed the condition.

Chronic kidney disease sufferers and those who experience regular UTIs can use the app to analyse urine samples from home, giving clinically accurate results within minutes.

Sufferers of chronic and pre-existing conditions can still enjoy a full life with holidays abroad by taking out medical travel insurance.