WMAHSN highlighted for their impact in development of health engagement platform

Posted on 7 February 2019 (Permalink)

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network has been recognised for its involvement in a health engagement platform designed to support business employees in taking greater control of their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Either individually or as part of self-selected teams of up to 10 colleagues, the Kaido Wellbeing platform enables users to participate in a virtual challenge and compete to earn Kaido Points. Kaido Points are awarded based on the percentage improvement users make in their physical activity, mental health, nutrition and sleep.

News of this case study and how WMAHSN have had an impact has been featured on AHSN Atlas. The AHSN Atlas is an online resource that shares some of the very best examples, from across the Academic Health Science Networks, of how to spread high impact innovation across the health and care system. Click here to read the case study.

WMAHSN started supporting Kaido in April 2016 as part of their Digital Health Accelerator based at iCentrum in Birmingham. Initially support was focused on idea creation and market research, before moving to focus on important access to early stage funding.

This led to WMAHSN facilitating introductions to Creative England and EIT Health and also invested into Kaido through their own Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Innovation Fund. 2018 saw WMAHSN to continue to open doors for Kaido, helping them to successfully commercialise the Kaido Wellbeing Solution after securing a paid contract with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Since then, WMAHSN has been pivotal in helping Kaido to become one of the fastest growing workplace wellness initiatives inside the NHS, growing to support the employees of eight NHS trusts (including ambulance trusts) across the UK. Support will continue in 2019 as Kaido aims for further adoption and scale.

Speaking about WMAHSN’s involvement, Rich Westman, CEO and Founder of Kaido, said: “The West Midlands AHSN have been a critical part of Kaido’s development. The signposting, learning and access to finance provided by WMAHSN has helped Kaido to develop and refine its business model and product offering at speed and in collaboration with its ultimate customers and users. WMAHSN have also helped Kaido to develop a trusted, recognisable brand that is hugely important in the healthcare market.”

Amy Boulton, Operations Manager at WMAHSN, said: “Kaido are a hugely innovative digital SME that have through their engagement with WMAHSN have successfully adapted their business model and are now starting to generate a good degree of implementation in to the NHS nationally.” 

WMAHSN have been instrumental in helping Kaido to raise important finance to develop the business. In May 2016, Kaido received £50,000 from Creative England following an introduction from the WMAHSN. In September 2016, Kaido received a further £50,000 from the SME Innovation Fund (University Hospitals Birmingham - UHB, WMAHSN and Mercia Technologies), the WMAHSN’s own fund. Both of these investments allowed Kaido to develop the first version of its Kaido Wellbeing solution.

WMAHSN has continued to support Kaido founder Rich closely since then, brokering introductions to clients including UHB, as well as prominent leaders in the space. The best example of this is a recent meeting with Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock, where Kaido shared their solution and its impact on the preventative health agenda.

Kaido has grown steadily to a team of seven, three of these are full time positions created as a result of the WMAHSN’s support.