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23.11.17

MyDiabetesMyWay selected to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator

MyDiabetesMyWay – an online data driven self-management platform for diabetes patients that was developed by the University of Dundee – is one of 11 innovations selected to join the nationally-celebrated NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), as announced at a launch event in London today.

My Diabetes My Way currently has over 30,000 active users across NHS Scotland. 

Now entering its third year, the NIA is an NHS England initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs). Since it launched in July 2015, the NIA has supported the uptake and spread of 25 high-impact, evidence-based innovations across 799 NHS organisations.

Each of the new innovations joining the NIA in 2017 offer solutions to key challenges in Primary Care, Urgent and Emergency Care and Mental Health. Their recruitment onto the NIA follows an international call and robust selection process, including review by a collegiate of over 100 assessors and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Dr Deborah Wake, clinician lead for MyDiabetesMyWay, said, “Being selected for the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme is a huge accolade, and one that will make a significant difference in supporting the implementation of MyDiabetesMyWay across NHS England.

“MyDiabetesMyWay can save lives, save money and supports people living with diabetes. It has recently been launched in north-west London and Somerset and has the potential for wider national and international impact.”

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive said: "Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit. More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor’s appointment or hospital outpatients."

Ian Dodge, National Director for Strategy and Innovation at NHS England, said: “Since it started the NHS Innovation Accelerator has continued to deliver for patients and the taxpayer. It's just one of the ways that the NHS is getting its act together to provide practical help for innovators with the best ideas. From a small investment, we are already seeing very big benefits - safer care for patients, better value for taxpayers, new jobs created and export wins."

Mike Hannay, Chair of the NHS AHSN Network, said: “As a national NHS AHSN Network we remain committed to supporting the NIA to ensure that as many residents, patients and staff as possible can access these innovations, which support primary care and urgent and emergency care needs. We look forward to working with the new Fellows over the coming months to deliver these innovations at scale across the country.”

MyDiabetesMyWay was recently awarded funding from the Scottish EDGE entrepreneurship challenge and took first place in the eHealth Adoption Awards 2017.