WMAHSN shortlisted for a prestigious national award with GE Healthcare Finnamore

Posted on 22 February 2016 (Permalink)

WMAHSN has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award, along with private sector partner GE Healthcare Finnamore. 

WMAHSN and GE Healthcare Finnamore are in the running for the Public private partnership award 2016, the winner of which will be revealed at the Health Investor Awards 2016 on 15 June in London. 

The application for the award centred on the work around WMAHSN's Innovation and Adoption Service, intended to provide an end to end service for its members (local NHS organisations, industry partners and academia) to support and develop innovation across the West Midlands area, and encourage adoption of innovation at scale and pace across the NHS. The current processes for identifying innovation were fragmented across different organisations (the AHSN, its business support partner, Medilink West Midlands, and the local NHS innovation hub, MidTECH) and were required to be streamlined through a single of point of entry to the service.

The service was designed to consist of three elements:

  • An online health innovation exchange, Meridian, to capture and share ideas and innovations and share good practice and tools to support adoption.
  • An industry gateway to manage the interface with local SMEs and corporate partners seeking a response to NHS challenges and bring their products to market locally
  • An operational service team (using standard documentation and protocols) to manage the innovation development support service being provided.

GE Healthcare Finnamore were successful in being appointed by WMAHSN to provide consultancy services for the development of the Innovation and Adoption Service (in partnership with PilotLite Ventures) as well as the provision of Meridian, in partnership with Qmarkets.  

The Innovation and Adoption Service was formally launched in January 2016 as planned, having completed a three month ‘soft launch’ phase where the service and the Meridian platform had been tested by the WMAHSN and its members with a variety of innovations, from initial idea to adoption-ready. This included testing out and embedding the new working relationships between the WMAHSN, Medilink West Midlands and MidTECH. The live service is now building momentum with its members and GE Healthcare Finnamore has just started an additional piece of work to provide a series of useful tools for the site to aid adoption of innovation. This will be completed by the end of March 2016 for next release of the service.