Medical Device or Hardware Innovation Award - HSJ Partnership Awards 2019
Medical technology has a very wide range of applications and is ubiquitous in modern healthcare. Innovations are important to enhance or fundamentally change what might be an entrenched application to improve outcomes. Med-tech is varied in terms of the patient managed treatment devices to large multi-million-pound installations designed to last. Judges are looking for partnerships between NHS teams and private enterprise. The innovation may have been generated from within the NHS or from other sectors, but development, implementation, and results are achieved as a result of working together.
The winner will demonstrate truly innovative technologies which over time, save the NHS money, improve efficiency and ultimately progress the pathways, treatments, diagnoses, and results for patients.
- Entrants will be private business working in partnership with an NHS organisation on the specific development and implementation of a medical device or hardware technology
- Entrants could be the manufacturer or other entity which has worked in partnership to develop and implement a product
- Evidence of results must be from the past two years up until the awards deadline date
What was the context in which a new innovative product was required? Was the hardware commissioned by a specific institution or end-user or is this an innovation from within the business? What was the problem or issue which generated demand for a solution? How has the device or hardware been created and for whom? In what capacity has the technology been adapted for use by the NHS organisation.
Judges are looking for information relevant to the final application of such a technology which can be supported by statistical evidence proving the need. Please provide evidence of product development with NHS teams to solve specific problems.
Describe the introduction of the technology into the organisation and how staff were trained. Did the result meet expectations and can this be supported by evidence from patients and staff? Judges will be giving special consideration to innovative technologies which over time have tangible and improved results compared with previous solutions. Judges will also be looking for return on investment in terms of value for money, reductions in maintenance or staffing costs and better patient involvement in treatments. Finally, evidence of improved patient outcomes must be paramount in the implementation and execution of any new technology.
Has the technology been picked up by any other NHS organisations? How has the business worked with the NHS to ensure any best practice learning has been disseminated? Judges are looking for evidence which shows the technology has potential for further application elsewhere in the health service or is being actively employed. Judges will be giving special consideration to projects where the partners have actively looked to spread best practice success.
Stakeholder involvement in the development of technology is key in this context. How did the different partners work together to solve a problem with technology? What was the level of interaction in terms of concept, development, realisation and application? Judges are looking for clear evidence of involvement employed to develop the most appropriate technology solution.
How has the technology added value to the NHS organisation? What has been the return on investment for staff, patients, process and systems? Judges are looking for demonstrable evidence of value in terms of efficiency and time, patient outcomes and experience and the ability of staff to treat more patients better.