We received more than 40 applications following the call in October 2018. All applications were assessed by a specially-constituted multidisciplinary panel chaired by Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt in December 2018. Through this process led by the Medical Research Council, ten innovations were selected as the Sprint Exemplar Innovation Projects. Each of these collaborations of industry, academia and the NHS will deliver their projects during 2019 and are being funded through the UK Research and Innovation Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) investment. One additional Exemplar project was later added.
These exciting projects supported the Digital Innovation Hub Programme in several ways:
- Generated early momentum and engagement during the design phase
- Provided information about current market and idea generation
- Shared early lessons with the wider programme
- Started to build the community. The participants delivered more than their projects – they helped to shape the future of health data science in the UK
Below are the initial outlines of their planned work. You can also now read short case studies outlining what the achieved based on their final reports.
A scalable federated solution for UK health data encryption, linking and discovery
This project is funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).
Cloud-based integration of phenotype and genotype data for rare disease research
Rare diseases collectively affect one in 17 people, equating to around 3.5 million individuals in the UK. At least 80% of rare diseases have a genetic component, but for many rare diseases this...
Developing an integrated data repository and analysis platform to maximise the impact of large-scale cancer cohort studies
The largest clinical trial of treatment worldwide, enrolled over 80,000 participants comparing surgery, radiotherapy and active monitoring in prostate cancer patients.
Enhancing Clinical Responses through Digital Information Transfer and Alerting by a Hospital-wide Smartphone Application
We aim to undertake the first organisation-wide evaluation of the implementation and effects of a healthcare smartphone application used by healthcare professionals within the NHS.
Using Routine NHS Data to Accelerate Clinical Trial Recruitment
A system that uses the ‘hospital episodes’ information to identify potentially suitable patients from across the country who could be asked if they wish to take part in clinical trials.
Using data to improve care for patients with heart failure
This new digital innovation project builds on the existing heart failure and device service at Manchester Heart Centre, at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Epilepsy is one of many chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, asthma, mental health conditions) that can have acute exacerbations requiring urgent care.
MyEyeSite: a feasibility study and prototype for a patient-owned repository of rare-disease clinical and genetic data using inherited retinal disease as a paradigm
Improving child health by optimising the use of clinical data for research
This project will also facilitate the development of healthcare ‘apps’ for patients, families and healthcare professionals that have the potential to revolutionise the way we deliver services.
Graph-Based Data Federation for Healthcare Data Science
We know that answers to many in-depth healthcare questions can only be explored if we can look across data for the whole UK.