NHS England may trial equipping patients with wearable tech

NHS England is looking for up to six population test beds in the country which could be used to trial new technologies, digital services and other innovations.

Tony Young speaks at Wired Health 2015
Tony Young speaks at Wired Health 2015

Speaking at a Wired Health 2015 event in central London on Friday, Tony Young, NHS England's clinical director for innovation, said the work was consistent with NHS England's Five Year Forward View.

He said: 'We are looking for test beds, four to six areas in the NHS with populations of around 1m because we want to be a good place where you can come and test and trial. There will be funding to help make that happen. We are looking for willing clinicians able to test and trial anything.'

Mr Young said the original announcement about the test beds had been made before the civil service went into purdah before the election. This says there will be national support for implementing innovations that respond to local clinical needs that may include combinations of GPs, hospitals, community health teams, social care and the voluntary sector.

it adds that this could mean equipping patients with wearable tech combined with new patterns of working for clinical and nursing staff. The aim is to help patients manage long-term conditions, addressing any potential problems as early as possible to keep them out of hospital.

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