The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is set to support 138 entrepreneurs among its staff, through its clinical entrepreneurs’ programme, in the design and development of new healthcare technologies and innovations.
Of the total projects, five will focus on blood disorders such as sickle cell disease and allergic reactions.
One of the innovations will be a voice-controlled data collection app, which could be worn by sickle cell disease patients for daily monitoring of heart rate, pain score, and medication.
The data from the app can be tracked and processed to aid care for the patients suffering from this disease.
The Allergy Assist App will also be developed to allow sharing of information and treatment support for allergy sufferers.
NHS has also decided to provide support for its staff through the new online sci-connect service that will deliver resources to people studying healthcare and biomedical sciences.
NHS England National Clinical Lead for Innovation professor Tony Young said: “Helping NHS professionals create new and innovative treatments is good for patients and good for our talented staff.
“Frontline workers have a unique insight into patients’ experiences and supporting all our staff to develop and deliver their ideas for better care will mean better outcomes for patients.”
Introduced in 2016, the clinical entrepreneurs’ programme led to the launch of 50 start-ups and creation of 344 jobs during its first phase.