Delivering innovative technology solutions to support people with long-term conditions, preserving their dignity and independence
Newsletter April 2016
The BISTRO Trial: BioImpedance Spectroscopy to maintain Renal Output:
We are delighted to be collaborating with Professor Simon Davies at Keele University on the recently-funded BISTRO trial. The £1.3M trial will investigate whether taking regular measurements with a bioimpedance device, which gives information about body composition, improves outcomes for people who are new to haemodialysis treatment for their kidney failure. The trial will look into whether this helps maintain remaining kidney function as this is associated with improved survival, fewer symptoms of kidney failure, fewer side effects of the dialysis treatment and a better quality of life. It will also explore whether sharing bioimpedance information with patients leads to greater involvement and engagement with their treatment.
More information on the project can be found here.
Pitch to TITCH fund
Greater Manchester AHSN and the Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust are providing a £50k Proof of Concept fund to support potential solutions to unmet clinical needs in paediatric care that arose during TITCH workshops held over the past few months. The fund went live this month, and project teams will be supported by GMASHN and the TITCH network.
You can find more information about the fund here.
Patients as Partners event
D4D was delighted to sponsor the Patients As Partners event hosted by Recovery Enterprises, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS Confederation, which took place earlier this month. The event was an opportunity for healthcare leaders to explore together how to create the conditions in which genuine partnerships of trust, shared purpose and responsibility can be built across health and social care with people who have significant experience of being a patient and using services, and who are motivated to lead change and improve lives.
D4D’s Patient Lead, David Coyle, hosted a workshop that demonstrated the essential role of patients as partners in technology development.
Emego – a wearable device to help improve independence
There are around 1,200 people in the UK who have lost most of their muscular control and have no access to environmental control or communication methods. There are a further 14,000 whose access is limited or poor. D4D are working with GSPK Design and Barnsley Hospital NHS FT on Emego, a wearable device to give control back to people with severe disabilities. Emego uses the small electrical impulses from residual muscle movements, a technique known as electromyography (EMG). These are amplified and processed to provide a reliable input into off-the-shelf assistive technology systems. These systems then allow control of a host of devices including computers, communication aids, equipment in a person’s home (environment controls), or even wheelchairs. The concept and design are being tested with real users throughout the development process.
You can read more about the project in the current Medical Design supplement of New Design magazine, here.
Congratulations to Hajar Razaghi
Our congratulations to Hajar Razaghi, Business Development Manager with our commercial arm D4D Ltd, on passing her PhD viva earlier this month. Hajar joined D4D Ltd as Resource Manager in March 2015 on a part-time basis whilst completing her PhD on digital vibration analysis for the assessment of bone fracture risk in children.
Well done Hajar!
Our Independence and Dignity Survey was so successful that we have re-opened it. If you have or had a long-term condition, or care for someone that does, tell us about it – please complete our survey, here.
If you have identified an unmet clinical need, please tell us about it through our Innovation Portal, here.
You can also find some of our reports and films here:
- D4D Annual Report 2014-15
- My Dignity Means: A Patient-led Event – the report
- D4D Youtube Channel
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