U.K.’s pioneering medical technology is transforming U.S. healthcare
Posted: March 05, 2021 | Word Count: 630
From staying safe at home to staying alive at the hospital, throughout the pandemic, health technologies have come to the fore and shown their value for saving lives and improving care.
The U.K. runs a national value-based care system where innovations must rigorously demonstrate impact to patients and the health service. Tried and tested U.K. technologies are now found across the U.S. and globally, helping to better triage patients, dynamically monitor patients between home and hospital, gain insights from genomic data or electronic health records, and more. Here are 10 U.K. innovators equipping U.S. providers and patients with life-changing solutions.
Few companies were better prepared for the pandemic than Current Health. Their remote healthcare platform allowed hospitals across the US and UK to manage patient care from home, preserve capacity and reduce the virus’ spread. Through vital sign monitoring and AI, it helps to predict early deterioration, allowing proactive intervention.
Patients tell their doctors stories and doctors write them down. Clinithink’s AI text processing capability reads physician notes and recognizes idioms, metaphors and all 72 different ways of saying ‘fractured neck of femur.’ New York’s Mount Sinai is using Clinithink to support its research into COVID-19.
Known as a “mini-hospital in your pocket,” Huma helps keep patients at home. They provide an ecosystem that connects the best data sets, clinicians, research and technology to monitor patients, advise on required care, and inform patients on whether they should visit a hospital or stay at home.
With the world’s most advanced patient monitoring platform, Isansys Lifecare and its Patient Status Engine (PSE) is replacing wired bedside monitors and providing near-ICU grade monitoring of patients when hospitals need it most. They are now working to support some of the U.K.’s and U.S.’s smallest citizens in pediatrics.
The my mhealth “always-on” service apps help healthcare professionals and patients manage long-term conditions, that include COPD, asthma, heart disease and diabetes, better. Recently they added a COVID-19 Virtual Ward to safely manage and monitor patients at home or in a care setting, reducing admissions and helping physical distancing.
Virti uses virtual reality to train frontline healthcare professionals working in California, Texas and the U.K. Named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020, Virti is one of several U.K. pioneers that took off stateside via the U.K. BioBridge, a business accelerator within the Texas Medical Center.
Maker of the first video collaboration tool designed for healthcare teams, Visionable connects clinicians/patients in the hospital, home and in between. Their ‘digital stroke cart’ allows for immediate consultations with remote stroke specialists. And their world-class ‘5G Smart Ambulance’ offers specialized treatment for patients en route to the hospital.
By 3D printing customized models of a patient, Axial 3D can dramatically shorten a surgeon’s theater time, reduce the cost of surgery and free up hospital capacity. In 2020 Axial 3D began printing models of COVID-19 patients’ lungs, allowing faster and more accurate planning and treatment.
Through their AI-powered app, Babylon empowers people to take charge of their health, providing them with highly accessible primary care to help keep them out of the hospital where possible, and create better health. Through Babylon’s U.S. partnerships, millions of Americans now have access to these services.
Lantum offers a total workforce solution for healthcare at locations like Cedars-Sinai in California, in Texas and the U.K. Lantum is able to drive higher staff retention and can manage flexible staff pools to maintain consistent care as health systems are pushed to capacity.
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