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Oxomics take top prize at end of our 2021 Accelerator programme

Over the last three years the Oxford AHSN Accelerator launchpad programme has helped more than 100 innovators start to turn their ideas into viable business ventures. The latest intensive eight-week programme finished on 6 December when five SMEs presented their business model to a panel of experts from the NHS and industry. They included Sarah […]

Oxford AHSN helps NHS tackle potential over-prescription of short course steroid

The Oxford AHSN and partners have developed a new metric to help identify patients that are being prescribed quantities of prednisolone which might constitute a health risk. Prednisolone is a short course steroid, which can be crucial in treating respiratory illnesses. However recent studies have shown that prescribing too many short course steroids could cause […]

Digital transformation of high volume surgical care pathways wins funding

A regional collaboration which harnesses digital innovations has won national funding to develop new care pathways that are better for patients and save valuable time. This programme will play a key part in helping to get routine NHS services back on track following Covid-related disruption. According to Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), most people […]

Oxford AHSN introduces healthcare innovators to new government minister

New health minister Lord Kamall met a host of healthcare innovators on a fact-finding visit to Oxford organised by the Oxford AHSN. Lord Kamall and Matt Whitty, Chief Executive of the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative and Director for Innovation, Research and Life Sciences at NHS England, met key figures from the NHS, industry and research […]

Six start-up companies join Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme

Six start-up companies will this month join the Oxford AHSN Accelerator programme. The programme – now in its third year – offers a unique launchpad for healthcare innovators with an idea they want to bring to market. Eleven companies pitched for a place on the programme to a judging panel made up of industry leaders […]

Commercial innovators invited to form clinical partnerships to find AI solutions to genomic interpretation

The Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), in partnership with NHSX and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), plans to make £140 million available over four years through the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award. This is to accelerate the testing and evaluation of the most promising AI technologies which meet the strategic aims set […]

Oxford AHSN helps companies leverage more than £5 million to improve patient outcomes through AI technology

Thousands of patients and NHS staff will benefit from dozens of new innovative projects awarded a share of £36 million to test artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The AI Award is making £140 million available over four years to accelerate the most promising AI technologies for health and social care from initial concepts to real-world tests and […]

New report highlights impact of England’s AHSNs

The collective efforts of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) benefitted almost 500,000 patients and generated £462 million inward investment in 2020/21, a new report reveals. The AHSN Network Impact Report 2020/21 highlights significant successes relating to the adoption and spread of healthcare innovation, transforming patient outcomes, saving the NHS money, generating economic growth […]

Oxford AHSN helps NHS partners secure £300,000 to improve patient pathways

The Oxford AHSN has helped NHS partners across the region secure funding totalling more than £300,000 to develop services in line with national priorities. The funds will speed up the integration of proven clinical innovations into everyday practice, bringing tangible patient benefits. They include: redeveloping asthma pathways, with a particular focus on treatments for severe […]

Extra health checks at vaccination centres help reduce stroke risk

Offering a simple heart rhythm check alongside a COVID-19 jab is helping to reduce people’s risk of having a stroke. Risk factors for stroke are usually picked up at routine GP appointments, but the pandemic has meant far fewer of these face-to-face consultations have taken place. The early focus of the mass vaccination campaign was […]