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The Innovation Case Studies section provides a comprehensive list of exemplar innovation projects from across the NHS. These innovations have been carefully selected to represent a range of ideas from medical technologies through to service and pathway re design. Each case study provides a background to the innovation and a contact for further information.

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'Activ8rlives' self care

Case study arrowThe NHS spends around £4.7 billion annually on treating lung disease. Hospital admissions are disruptive, particularly for older patients who can lose independence during a hospital stay.

People with long-term respiratory diseases are susceptible to chest infections; each episode damages the lungs, resulting in prolonged treatment in hospital. A self-administered sputum test gives patients with long term respiratory disease early warning of chest infections, enabling home treatment and reducing hosital admissions.

SBRI funding supported the company (Aseptika) to extend its system, which tracks and analyses blood oxygen, heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, body mass and lung function.

The company was supported by Eastern and Wessex AHSNs as part of the SBRI programme and clinical trials.

Impact so far

  • Exacerbations are predicted up to 21 days before the patient would typically seek help
  • Ease of use supports adherence rates of up to 99%
  • Patient lung function during trials improved by up to 20%
  • Since 2015 over 80,000 people have signed up to monitor their health using the Active8rlives website
  • If scaled nationally, estimates are that the technology could save the NHS in excess of £50 million each year

What next

  • Aseptika was involved in Eastern AHSN's Test Bed bid & is an innovation partner in Sheffield's Test Bed site; it will integrate the self-monitoring package into new respiratory pathways
  • Aseptika is capitalising on emerging technology to develop a range of products to support self-enabled care; the AHSN's support has been critical to supporting the company to grow


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Contact Name Danielle Luciano Email address danielle.luciano@eahsn.org

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