For many in the working world when the summer hits, work slows down. The inbox is slightly less frantic, the office may be slightly lonely whilst colleagues go off and sun themselves. However, for our colleagues in Health and Care, this could not be further from the truth and because of this at the HTA, the cogs of innovation never stop turning.
And so, it’s time for the HTA Hotline – Summer Edition, where we provide a peak into the kinds of stakeholders we’ve been engaging with and projects we’ve been working on over these hot summer months. We hope this update will give those that haven’t got in touch yet more of a reason to do so, and give our new friends that have joined or visited us a nice wave!
Over the past couple of months core partners of the HTA, KSS AHSN and SETsquared have come together to organise an Environmental Sustainability workshop at the Accelerator. The NHS is working towards Net Zero targets, so all innovations adopted by the system need to align with said goals. This workshop will provide all the details needed to ensure that your tech speaks to the environmental aims of the NHS. To sign up please follow either link below:
We’ve spent time engaging with several SMEs over the recent sunny weeks, who have been looking for support in proof-of-concept testing, evaluations, validation studies and general advice on what the next steps should be for their tech.
We’ve spoken with innovators looking to improve diabetic care pathways, pre and post-op lower limb surgery support, blockchain technology to improve data sharing, and applications that allow for the self-management of health and social care at home – to name a few. Core partner the University of Surrey is instrumental in supporting our innovators design and understand how to effectively test their tech.
Just as exciting as supporting testing within the digital lab at the HTA, is aiding the real-world evaluation of innovations. One of which we’re currently scoping in relation to smart triage tech- through the expertise of industry partner Unity Insights. Gathering evidence is one thing, but being able to analyse and utilise it is where the real value comes in. A function that the Accelerator is set up to perform.
We’re looking forward to supporting the development of these digital and technological innovations over the Autumn and Winter months.
Becoming further ingrained in the fabric of the innovation and transformation teams within the Surrey system is extremely important to the HTA and its core partners. The HTA has been supporting Surrey Heartlands and KSS AHSN organise the next Digital Community of Practice meeting to learn how the two groups can work together on digital, data and technology priorities within Surrey and if there is opportunity for the Health Tech Accelerator to aid any of the work.
Last but certainly not least, the Surrey Heartlands Health Tech Accelerator is excited to announce that we will be attending the SEHTA MedTech Conference 2022 (SEHTA 2022 International MedTech Expo & Conference (sehtamedtechexpo.co.uk), alongside our core partner KSS AHSN. We look forward to seeing many of you there and hopefully making some great connections.