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Yorkshire & Humber AHSN shortlisted for five Medilink Healthcare Business Awards

Posted: 30th January 2023

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for five awards for this year’s Medilink Healthcare Business Awards.

The Medilink Healthcare Business Awards celebrates the achievements of life science companies over the past year and showcases the very best examples of collaboration between industry, academia and the NHS. The Awards offers a great opportunity to demonstrate the North’s strong capabilities, innovation and commercial successes and highlight the expertise in our region.

Kathy Scott, Deputy CEO of Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “It’s a privilege to work in partnership with innovators and NHS partners on initiatives that ensure the best solutions are adopted and spread across our region and beyond to help improve patient care outcomes and experience; increase service efficiency and help relieve pressure on healthcare systems”.

The ‘One to Watch’ Award

We worked with Klinik Healthcare Solutions for several years. Klinik provides AI enabled software which assists with demand management in primary care through offering a digital first triage service to patients.  Through bespoke pathways that can link work directly to individual teams and roles it can assist with directing patients to the most appropriate care, and with optimising staffing resources across a PCN (Primary Care Network). Klinik was implemented at Priory Medical Group in York who were experiencing large demand for GP appointments across their 9 sites.

Following implementation, the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN commissioned York Health Economic Consortium to undertake a health economic evaluation of the technology, which showed significant cost and efficiency savings. Some of the results arising from the evaluation include:

  • Cost savings of £300,000 across the PCN.
  • Increased utilisation of nurse clinical sessions, pharmacy appointments and MSK practitioners
  • Reductions in the average cost per consultation
  • A 5.8% reduction in DNAs
  • 20% reduction in tasks across reception staff, pharmacists and clinicians
  • 5% of staff felt patient queries being directed to right place quickly a bit or much better
  • Reductions in the use of NHS111 slots as more cases answered by the practice.

The Partnership with the NHS: Advances in Digital Healthcare Award

Working in collaboration with Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, we secured funding through the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative’s Pathway Transformation Funding to design and deliver a robust and sustainable asthma testing service that reduces health inequalities by ensuring equity of access to FeNO testing across the system. FeNO testing is a method that assists with the diagnosis of asthma by measuring fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in the breath of patients suspected of having the condition.

Prior to the project, FeNO testing was not consistently used in the diagnosis or management of most asthma patients. Within 12 months, the project has achieved the primary aim of giving 2,500 patients access to FeNo testing by April 2023. As a result, patients will now receive an accurate and timely diagnosis and will be treated appropriately. This will also lead to reduced prescribing costs, fewer exacerbations and admissions to hospital.

Partnership with Academia Award, Sustainability Award and Start Up Award

Leeds-based ITECHO Health, who provide a remote monitoring platform for several conditions, has been selected for three awards.  We have supported Itecho’s growth over the last few years, and at the moment we are supporting an NIHR funded project being undertaken at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to monitor symptoms in men with prostate cancer.

The selected winners will be announced on Thursday 23 March during an awards ceremony at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

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