Yorkshire based 365 Response Ltd has been awarded significant investment in its revolutionary logistics and flow management software HealthCab Smart Platform.
With Accident and Emergency pressures well reported and as waiting times reach their highest level in more than a decade, SBRI Healthcare today announced the 5 winners set to receive £4.3 million investment in new technologies that could reduce pressures in this vital area.
Only five innovations from the National competition were chosen and each showed they had the potential to reduce emergency admissions via A&E including 365 Response Ltd – managing urgent care flow through its HealthCab Smart Platform technology.
The five companies selected by SBRI Healthcare for the second tranche of investment were drawn from a shortlist of companies that received six months feasibility funding in March 2016. The successful companies demonstrated best value and greatest technical feasibility to a panel of experts looking for game-changing technologies with the highest potential value to patients and the health service. The companies will be supported and fully funded to continue with product development and testing.
Richard Phillips, Chair of SBRI Board and Director of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) said: “As demands and pressure on the urgent and emergency care system increase, we need to find new ways to bring high value innovation into the NHS. The announcement today will bring new and creative solutions into this space that will improve care for patients and efficiency for the NHS.”
Sarah Fatchett, Founder 365 Response added: “SBRI Healthcare is great initiative where vibrant, creative and ambitious SMEs can secure support to develop an idea from prototype into action and into business. It can make a massive difference. We have created new product, delivered real value, employed local people and generally grown – not just in people but in skills, confidence and delivery.”
“We are so excited to have been selected after a very rigorous process and we hope to work with new partners to help deliver a more streamlined flow into and out of A&E across the UK.”
Healthcab Smart Platform provides a totally new way of managing urgent care flow. Specifically designed by clinicians for clinicians, Healthcab connects GPs and community staff to dedicated urgent care and primary care transport enabling patients to be treated and responded to faster, safely and at lower cost.
Bringing the technologies more commonly seen in 999 dispatch, Healthcab is a cloud-based connectivity platform delivering quality logistics technology to primary and community care.
Healthcab solves the problem of A&E exit block and Ambulance bunching by supporting a new model of care for GP home visits.
Dr Liz Mear, Chair of the AHSN Network commented: “A&E waiting times have been increasing over time with recent figures showing more than one in ten patients are waiting at least four hours for a hospital bed after emergency admission, a near five-fold increase since 2010/11. The causes of the problems in A&E, and the solutions to address them, are complex and to a great extent dependent on processes and capacity in other hospital departments, as well as other parts of the health and care system.”
SBRI Healthcare is an NHS England initiative, led by the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), that co-develops innovative products to address unmet health needs.