|Inspired by Star Trek’s Dr 'Bones' McCoy|
3D heart modelling to rapidly diagnose coronary disease & a blood test which can rule-out a heart attack 75% quicker are among the technological innovations spreading across the NHS.
New innovations have already reached 300,000 patients, and speaking at the Reform digital health conference in London recently, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announced that over 400,000 more will benefit this year from new tests, procedures & treatments as part of the Long Term Plan. This includes pregnant women getting a new pre-eclampsia test, and cluster headache sufferers getting access to a handheld gadget which uses low-levels of electric current to reduce pain.The new treatments & tests are being delivered as part of the NHS’ Innovation & Technology Payment programme, which is fast-tracking the roll-out of latest technology across the country, building on progress in the past two years. The NHS’ own innovation agencies – the 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England – will take direct responsibility for accelerating uptake locally.