Scannerfutures was a finalist at the HEE Innovation Awards 2017October 6, 2017
Health Enterprise East (HEE) hosts a competition that challenges NHS staff and SMEs across the East of England, East Midlands and London to come forward with innovative ideas for products and services that address major unmet needs in the NHS and improve patient services. At the 2017 competition dinner held on the 20th September it was announced that Scannerfutures had been selected by the judges as a finalist in the category ‘SME Innovation’. This was in recognition of their innovative approach to addressing one of the nation’s top-most health priorities – improving the outcome for stroke patients. Speaking at the event Prof David Heatley, Scannerfutures’ Chief Scientist, said that “being selected was a huge honour among so many worthy candidates and it served to highlight that technological innovation in clinical diagnosis is not just about advancing new technologies like ours, important though that is – it’s fundamentally about finding new and better ways to improve the outcome for patients and ultimately save lives. To be part of that movement and be surrounded by like-minded professionals is a privilege”.
Scannerfutures Ltd is a member of the Innovation Martlesham cluster. It is developing the underlying technologies for a new medical scanner for stroke diagnosis that has the potential to be portable and low cost. By deploying these scanners in emergency ambulances and other first response vehicles, stroke patients can be scanned and diagnosed on scene, e.g. at their own home. That will help to greatly reduce the time between the onset of their stroke and treatment being administered, given that today’s patient pathway requires stroke patients to be transported to hospital to be scanned before a diagnosis can be made and treatment commenced. Time is critical in strokes and any means to reduce the time between onset and treatment is immensely beneficial to patients and potentially life-saving in many cases. The UK economy also benefits. Currently strokes cost the NHS and UK economy nearly £10bn per year. Even a small improvement in the percentage of stroke patients who receive their treatment more promptly after their stroke and then go on to a near full recovery without the need for lengthy rehabilitation and long term care and are able to return to the workplace and contribute to the economy, could save the nation 100s of £millions per year.