Ultramed are very pleased to have accepted the 2019 award for innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain for the MyPreOp program. The award was presented to Dr Paul Upton on the 11th January at the Association of Anaesthetists Winter Scientific Meeting, by Dr Kathleen Ferguson, president of the Association. Dr Ferguson said on presenting the award: said: “It takes a special skill set to be inventive and even greater grit and determination to see the idea through to reality and then implementation. The Association recognises and applauds its innovation stars.”
On receiving the award, Dr Upton said: “I’m stunned to have won. It came as a great surprise. As a team we see this win as an opportunity to get MyPreOp rolled out across the NHS.”
What a fantastic start to 2019 for Ultramed!
Ultramed starts 2019 with an exciting announcement. Following a 4-year development and testing period, the company are delighted to confirm that the first full implementation of their flagship product, MyPreOp, is taking place at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in January.
From an outline concept back in 2014, Ultramed have developed, tested and launched their range of pre-operative assessment tools which remove the need for lengthy face to face assessment appointments prior to operations or procedures. The team have worked closely with each of the trial sites to fine tune the products, ensure they are fit for purpose and provide the information required for clinical decision making.
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Chertsey, Surrey was one of the early adopters in the trial phase of MyPreOp. The pre-operative assessment department started testing MyPreOp in January 2018 and quickly saw their daily usage climb to be one of the highest and most consistent take up by patients of the 8 trial sites around the UK.
Ashford and St Peters provide a ‘one-stop’ appointment system for patients. As soon as they have been given the decision to treat by the Consultant, patients are directed to the Pre-Op department where they are weighed and measured and have their blood pressure taken. Patients are then given the option of completing MyPreOp in the unit, or later on remotely.
As a result of these extensive trials, Ashford and St Peters have decided to proceed to full implementation of MyPreOp with an option to include MyPreOpLA in the near future. Ultramed has worked closely with the team at Ashford and St Peters to ensure the products provide the information and detail required by the staff to make sound clinical assessments.
Clinical Service Manager for Theatres, Critical Care, Resus and POAC, Den Hallett said: ” We are very excited about introducing MyPreOp into the Trust and are really looking forward to working with the team and getting the most out of MPO to improve our patient and nursing experience. There are lots of opportunities with using MPO and we look forward to developing these to get the best from the patient pathway”
2019 looks like it will be a very exiting year from Ultramed. Alongside the full implementation at Ashford and St Peters, the team is preparing to sign agreements with a number of other NHS and private hospitals in the UK, alongside responding to a high level of interest from overseas.
The corks are popping at Ultramed today as we celebrate being accepted onto the Digital Health Accelerator programme, which provides 12 months of support with the aim of fast-tracking the implementation of new technology into the NHS.
This is the first time the Digital Health Accelerator programme has been made available for companies outside London, having been extended to include the South West, East Midlands and Manchester. The programme is a collaborative approach designed to:
- improve patient outcomes and experience by solving problems in care delivery using digital solutions
- generate economic growth by supporting innovators to develop and market digital health solutions
- contribute to a strong evidence base of the health and economic benefits of digital health.
A statement provided for the launch of the Digital Health Accelerator programme said, ‘The use of digital health technologies is being slowed by challenges including the lack of a clear procurement route in the NHS, and difficulty gaining access to clinicians and patients who can help shape products and explain needs and constraints at an early stage.’
Ultramed will be working with a ‘Navigator’, an experienced professional from the NHS who understands the needs of the NHS and will guide us through the procurement process for the NHS helping us gain access to clinicians and patients to ensure our products are fit for purpose and easily adopted.
In addition, we will be receiving specialist training, support with product development, opportunities to meet experts from business, clinical and governments plus opportunities to showcase our products to NHS decision makers and influencers.
Previous projects that have benefitted from the Digital Accelerator include a smartphone app to slash A&E wait times and a digital lifestyle management platform claiming to reverse Type 2 diabetes.
We will be focussing our support on MyPreOp, the online health record that is generated and owned by the patient. Hosted in the Cloud and shared with the healthcare provider via a dedicated email address, this approach frees up PreOp Assessment clinical staff from gathering health data, enabling a quicker review and more time to focus on patients with complex needs.
Ultramed joins one of only 34 high potential start-ups and SME’s chosen for the Digital Accelerator this year, having successfully negotiated a rigorous selection process including a panel interview.
This is further confirmation that the Ultraprep suite of products really have hit the market at just the right time, with the focus on innovation and development firmly on patient managed healthcare systems using widely available technology.
The summer holidays are officially over and we are welcoming September with open arms as it brings with it an exciting conference season for Ultramed.
We have a jam-packed month ahead of us, which kicks off with our first event on Wednesday 5thSeptember. We are thrilled to be one of the 30 companies awarded an exhibition stand in the AHSN Innovator Zone at the NHS Health and Care Expo is a two-day event held in Manchester on the 5th and 6th of September.
Next stop is showcasing MyPreOp Kids, at the Paediatrics conference in London on the 14th of September, held at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. The month will be rounded off with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) annual congress on the 26th, 27th and 28th of September. This is one of the leading anaesthetic meetings in the UK and Ireland, with around 1000 delegates attending, and is a fantastic opportunity to present MyPreOp to a wide audience.
It’s not all about conferences this month. Alan will be attending the South West Digital awards where Ultramed have been shortlisted for Best in Health Tech. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a win on the 27th!
Mid-month we are looking forward to making a very exciting announcement, however for now it’s currently top-secret. To keep up to date with what’s going on here at Ultramed HQ follow us on Twitter: @Ultramed_LTD
Here’s to an exciting and busy month!