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Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages living with long-term health conditions

NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC Newsletter January 2017

Introducing Insigneo – our newest Strategic Partner

We are delighted to announce that D4D has agreed a new strategic partnership with the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine. Insigneo is an alliance between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  It is a multidisciplinary collaboration between over 140 academics and clinicians to develop computer simulations of the human body and its disease processes that can be used directly in clinical practice to improve diagnosis and treatment.

The new agreement builds on our previous informal relationship with Insigneo. We look forward to exploring areas of collaboration over the coming months.

You can read more about this news here, or visit Insigneo’s website here.

Great start to 2017 for GSPK Design – full accreditation to ISO standard 

GSPK Design are pleased to announce the recent accreditation and approval of their quality management systems to ISO 13485:2016, a requirement for the design and manufacture of electronic devices for medical use. You can read more about this news on GSPK Design’s blog, here.

The news of this success comes on the back of SBRI funding received in 2016 as GSPK Design come to the final design phase and manufacture of a revolutionary new EMG (electromyography) switch which will be classified as a Class I medical device. This wearable medical device, Emego, aims to help those with severe disabilities control equipment that they use on a day-to-day basis. D4D, Barnsley Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals are partners in this project. You can also read more about Emego on D4D’s website, here.

Paediatric Sleep Diary – funding awarded

In December 2016 ELAROS was awarded £100,000 of Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding to support the development of a paediatric sleep diary in collaboration with Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and the Children’s Sleep Charity. The funding competition was delivered by a partnership of the TITCH network and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YH AHSN).

The project proposes a pioneering approach to support self-management and clinical decision making in primary care, aligned to better utilisation of limited resources in secondary care. Building upon existing technology, ELAROS is creating an app designed to take the young person on a journey that will either help resolve their sleep challenge, where this is linked to lifestyle, or point to more challenging sleep disorders where specialist intervention is required.

You can read the full news item on our website, here, and you can find YH AHSN’s full announcement here.

Quanta SC+ haemodialysis system – improving quality of life, reducing healthcare costs

D4D have supported Quanta Dialysis Technologies through the development of their compact, high performance SC+ haemodialysis system, which aims to improve patient outcomes and quality of life, and reduce costs to the health service. The system is currently being piloted at a number of NHS dialysis centres.

The SC+ system is the subject of a case study released in January by the National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI). You can read the full case study here.

What can D4D do to help your project?

In January 2017 we re-launched our website, making it easier to explore how D4D can support new and ongoing projects.

D4D’s purpose is clear; we improve outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages with long-term conditions. Our new website includes a range of case studies demonstrating the ways in which we are able to drive innovation through collaborative working with patients, healthcare professionals, academics and industry partners.  You can visit our new website here.

If you have an unmet clinical or care need, or are looking for collaborators to help your project develop further, get in touch through our website, here.

If you are looking to directly commission D4D to undertake a piece of work associated with your business or project please contact our Commercial Director, Oliver Wells.



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:

Our mailing address is: NIHR Devices for Dignity HTCi109, i-Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop RoadSheffield, S10 2JFUnited Kingdom

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