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MyPreOp to join NHS Innovation Accelerator

MyPreOp has been announced as one of 11 innovations selected to join the award-winning NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) in 2020.

 At a launch event chaired by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, the 2020 cohort of Fellows presented their innovations to key stakeholders, including Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation of NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, both of whom also spoke at the event.

The innovations joining the NIA this year offer solutions supporting priority areas for England’s NHS as laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Their recruitment follows an international call and rigorous selection process, including review by over 100 clinical, patient and commercial assessors, an informal review by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), interviews, and due diligence.

Dr Paul Upton, Co-founder and CEO at Ultramed has developed MyPreOp, a cloud-hosted program, enabling patients to enter, own and share their preoperative assessment information. A report is electronically provided to the hospital to integrate into the EPR. Complex algorithms suggest which preoperative tests and actions should be considered. MyPreOp® empowers patients and saves nursing time.

The announcement marks the fifth year of the NIA, which is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), hosted at UCLPartners. Since 2015, it has supported the uptake and spread of 62 evidence-based innovations across more than 2,210 NHS sites.

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “The NHS Long Term Plan puts the latest technology and innovation at the heart of people’s care and the future of our health service.

“Right across the NHS patients are benefitting from world-beating innovations, spread as part of this programme, and now even more patients will be supported by new tools.”

Piers Ricketts, Chair of the AHSN Network, said: “The NHS Innovation Accelerator is one of the flagship programmes of the AHSN Network. NIA Fellows have made a huge contribution to our health and care system since we started the programme five years ago, and we are proud to have supported these remarkable individuals on their development journey. It is gratifying to see their high-impact innovations gaining traction and visibility through our accelerator programme, and we are delighted that several NIA innovations have now had national impact in the NHS.

We look forward to working with the new NIA Fellows to help them scale and deploy their innovations across the country for the benefit of patients and the NHS.”

Dr Paul Upton, Co-founder and CEO of Ultramed, said “I am so excited at the opportunity to be an NIA Fellow. The NHS Innovation Accelerator has gained a reputation for really making a difference to innovations such as MyPreOp® and I look forward to learning and contributing to the programme.”