Wednesday, 27 January 2016
NHS Test Beds announced
Older patients and people with long term conditions and mental health problems will be among the first to benefit from a major new drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens launched the first wave of NHS Innovation ‘Test Beds’.
These collaborations between the NHS and innovators – including Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), IBM and Philips – aim to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service.
Frontline health and care workers in seven areas will pioneer and evaluate the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which will help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.
Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations.
North East London
Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale
Lancashire and Cumbria
Sheffield City Region
Birmingham and Solihull
West of England
Surrey and Borders