Four companies from Merseyside and Manchester including Heath resident business Med ePad have been selected to receive between £30,000 and £50,000 each to develop digital technology to help improve data flow and patient wellbeing.
Creative England, with Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, launched the North West Interactive Healthcare Fund last summer.
The initiative aimed to show how powerful creative businesses can be when it comes to cross-sector collaboration, with the successfully funded projects developing innovative concepts to promote sharing of health information in a safe and secure way and to drive better experience and outcomes for patients and carers.
Applicants were asked to focus on projects that could support innovation in healthier living, improvements in outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease or those at risk of it, support for the arrangement of care for someone with complex requirements that needs to access multiple services, integration of health and social care to facilitate self-management, and improvements in medication, safety and optimisation.
Med ePad, based at Runcorn’s The Heath Business and Technical Park, is working on a system that will allow patients who are taking anticoagulant medication to enter their results onto a smart phone or tablet which links to the main database at the clinic.
The collected data allows clinical staff to track and trend patient’s medication and generate specific alerts regarding significant changes.
It will also be used to provide patient-specific real-time surveys pertinent to the condition of the patient at any given time.
And Baltic Triangle-based Rescon is involved with the development of an existing web browser-based application to optimise functional relevance for housing association use, on computers, smart phones and tablets.
Jim Farmery, director of regional partnerships at Creative England, said: “These projects all demonstrate great innovation, and prove that creative ideas can emerge from thinking outside of a business’ usual industry.
“Identifying and supporting these businesses across the North West is not only part of our remit as Creative England, but also a chance to shine a light on a thriving digital sector in the region.”