Back to the future: what we learned at Tech Connected Health

Tonic recently attended a Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Connected Health networking event, Tech Connected Health.

The event included talks from prominent figures at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the largest and most established commercial team in the UK, on how leading NHS hospitals are embracing new technology and innovation. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is at the forefront of NHS tech and the event provided us with a unique opportunity to learn about new and exciting technology developments for the NHS. For those of you not fortunate enough to attend this event don’t fret, as we have gathered our insights on the most innovative tech showcased at the event.

Lego robot

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Always looking for a friend that will encourage you to be more active? For children requiring rehabilitation this may soon become a reality. Currently under development is a Lego robot designed to help children who need to undertake more physical activity in a fun way – when you move, so does the robot. Genius right!?

Cydar[1]

Ever wondered how surgeons are able to guide their way through our vessels when performing keyhole surgery? The truth is that it isn’t easy! Until now surgeons have had to rely on live X-ray images, which make the accurate positioning of devices inside the body difficult and time-consuming. Challenges in device positioning are not ideal, as device misplacement can have catastrophic consequences for the patient. Luckily for us, Cydar have detected this problem and found a novel way to fix it.

Cydar uses an image fusion system that automatically overlays pre-op 3D CT scans onto live 2D X-ray images. This ‘Satnav for surgeons’, as it has aptly been named, provides an intuitive perception of real anatomy and promises to help improve precision, avoid prolonged procedures and reduce errors in endovascular surgery. It will also reduce radiation exposure for patients and staff.

Set up in 2012 by co-founders Tom Carrell, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Graeme Penney, Department of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London, Cydar is a response to the need for better visualization of the anatomy during endovascular surgery. The company is a joint spin-off from King’s College London, Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

Each 3D image that Cydar creates uses technology more advanced than the biggest supercomputer from 2007. Cydar allows for massive savings on endovascular surgeries, the cost for a healthcare centre to acquire Cydar equals that of a single X-ray. To put this into perspective, the machines that surgeons currently use cost £4-5 million.

Cydar is currently being tested by vascular surgeons in five hospitals across Europe. The multi-centre clinical study is expected to be concluded by April 2015, meaning that we could soon see the launch of this amazing technology.

State of the art respiratory centre[2]

The Respiratory Unit at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has developed a 20-bed weaning unit at East Surrey Hospital in partnership with REMEO Healthcare. The purpose-built centre operates as a satellite to the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London and allows NHS patients to access leading clinical expertise remotely.

The technology used in the novel public-private partnership behind the new weaning unit allows specialist care to be delivered through innovative use of technology. Why BHow will this benefit patients? Nurses will have virtual access to specialist consultants to support them in the management of patients with complex respiratory illness, moving patients out of intensive care wards and into a multi-disciplinary specialist centre will free up hospital intensive care beds for acutely ill people. As well as this, it means that patients will be able to move closer to their home – let’s face it, there is no better place to recuperate than at home surrounded by your family.

 

[1] http://www.gsttcharity.org.uk/what-we-do/our-impact/stories/satnav-surgeons

[2] http://www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk/martha-lane-fox-opens-uks-first-lane-fox-remeo-respiratory-centre-east-surrey-hospital/