Case Study

Accelerating the Future of Health with Novartis, PushDoctor and Google

PushDoctor, Google, Health Innovation Manchester, The Landing, Salford NHS Trust

What we delivered

  • Gathering a world-class group of partners from industry and government including Novartis, Push Doctor, Health Innovation Manchester, and Salford Royal
  • Recruiting a cohort of outstanding Health-tech startups and scale-ups
  • 12-week accelerator programme that made a critical impact in helping our cohort grow their business and make front-line advances in the Greater Manchester region

"The programme helped connect elements of medicine, technology and finance together to help us progress as a company. That is a very hard thing to achieve and UP Ventures is the connective tissue that pulls it all together.”

Jonathan Abraham - Founder, Healum

The challenge

Assemble and accelerate the business and front-line impact of health-tech solutions that fit the following criteria:

1. Solutions that improve the experience of those with Dementia and/or Frailty.

For vulnerable residents at risk of presenting at hospitals through social isolation, frailty and dementia.

2. Solutions allowing primary care and outpatient services to be delivered in or near the home for patients.

For patients with a long-term condition that requires regular attendance at outpatient clinics or in a primary care setting.

3. Innovations to allow Digital Nudges to improve Prevention and Public Health

Helping people at risk of developing conditions whose outcomes can be improved through lifestyle change.

Solutions were evaluated against the potential Life Impact for each resident or patient type listed above, and the ability to see evidential improvement in:

i) the patient holistic care experience

ii) the capacity and management of primary, community and secondary care.

The Cohort

BuddyHub: BuddyHub exists to reduce loneliness and isolation in older people (50+) and promote a more active lifestyle. By using smart technology they better and more efficiently match  ‘Members ‘ to ‘Buddy’ volunteers, helping to create a new sustainable friendship circle that is rewarding for everyone.

Cievert: Cievert is a web-based platform that tackles the problems surrounding routine patient follow-up, in particular driving efficiencies and improvement of care for those with long-term conditions.

Collabco: Collabco’s myday platform is designed to improve engagement between the general public and healthcare providers as well as enabling information sharing and data capture on a global scale.

Evergreen Life: Evergreen Life is a Personal Health Platform allowing people to own their own health records and interact with the health and care system which is then combined with digital nudges, advice, and coaching. It also enables the sharing of information with trusted family members and carers to support personal care or the care of others.

Flock: Flock is aimed at people suffering from type two diabetes, obesity, smoking or alcohol addiction. It uses a unique approach to digital profiling to define what each individual is motivated by and provides a pattern of digital nudges designed specifically for each individual. 

Gendius: Gendius is a platform that uses artificial intelligence to calculate an individual’s risk of developing complications from diabetes. The associated secure dashboard enables healthcare professionals to track and monitor patients with the highest need and the hints and tips educate the patient around self-care and prevention of secondary complications.

GiveVision: GiveVision’s SightPlus is a clinically validated low vision aid that helps visually impaired people to see up close and at a distance, thus enabling patients with long-term conditions such as AMD, Diabetes or retinopathy that require regular attendance at outpatient clinics. It has already helped hundreds of low vision patients to improve their sight and work and live independently.

Healum: Healum solutions are intended for people with long-term conditions and use behaviour change interventions to improve lifestyle and support people to self-manage their conditions with support from healthcare professionals when outside the clinical environment.

Holovis: Holovis builds some of the world’s most advanced visualisation and software solutions by bringing together sensing technology, data analytics, and multi-sensory, immersive interactivity to solve problems and measure and monitor patients responses and wellbeing.  

Howz: Howz is a smart home system designed to help older people suffering from conditions such as dementia or frailty to stay independent for longer by alerting carers and family members. Howz learns a person’s daily routine and uses this to detect short term anomalies and long term changes. 

ImproveWell: ImproveWell is a quality improvement platform designed to empower frontline staff to drive change using technology that focuses on identifying operational efficiencies to improve the management of experiences and outcomes for patients. From the ward to the board, everyone can make suggestions to improve their workplace.

Konsie: Konsie is bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the home to support elderly independent living, dramatically reducing injuries and loss of independence associated with falls, strokes and immobilising conditions. This helps to maintain wellbeing, health and saves public funds by reducing hospital and care dependency.

Mind Moose: MindMoose helps children understand how their brain works and to develop healthy self-awareness and self-esteem by using fun, interactive digital tools to support early intervention and prevention in children’s mental health. It improves the availability of high-quality, evidence-based resources for the prevention and early intervention treatment in children’s mental health.

My Cognition: MyCognition is dedicated to understanding and improving cognition. Taking a research-based approach has resulted in an NHS approved, MHRA accredited (CE Mark) device platform that allows a user to comprehensively track, change and consolidate their cognitive health, strengthening their health and mental resilience. 

TriMedika: TriMedika is an innovative thermometer that uses no consumables and has zero contact with the patient (infection control and patient comfort). The thermometer delivers cost and time savings for nurses and reducing hospital infections & plastic waste.

At Novartis, we are committed to reimagining medicine through digital and data. As our population grows and ages, we need more innovative solutions to society’s complex and chronic health needs. Through our involvement with UP and The Greater Manchester Future of Health, Novartis aimed to empower and accelerate emerging health-tech start-ups to develop and implement their innovative solutions. We were excited to assemble such an interesting and innovative group of start-ups and entrepreneurs and enjoyed collaborating with them during the programme.

Karen Fox, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Novartis
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