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Medtech Accelerator Health Hack Announced: Frugal Innovation in Surgery

January 18 @ 5:00 pm - January 19 @ 6:00 pm

Eastern AHSN is partnering with Health Enterprise East to deliver the next Medtech Accelerator Health Hack – Frugal Innovation in Surgery. Taking place on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 January 2018 at the Cambridge Science Park we are keen to build on the success of the first Hackathon – Rehabilitation Technology.

This is the second in a series of three the MTA Health Hack workshops are designed to engage a wide community of stakeholders, focused on stimulating innovation within the NHS, through the identification and development of innovative new products and services with the potential to meet unmet clinical needs and generate commercial benefit.

On 18 January the Hackathon will take place at the Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park. On 19 January the event will take place at the Trinity centre, Cambridge Science Park.

There is increasing pressure on surgical services, the cost of delivering surgery and patient waiting times. Theatres and intensive care staff provide a vital role supporting all surgical activity across a range of elective, trauma, emergency and day care procedures. We are seeking medical technologies that result in dramatically lower-cost products and services within the theatres, anaesthesia and critical care setting but without compromising quality (by adopting approaches such as frugal innovation).

Some examples of the technology ideas we are looking for idea owners to bring to the event, for illustrative purposes only, are shown below:

  • New medical devices: novel design ideas for catheters, tubes, pumps, endoscopes, sutures, forceps, dressings, implants, retractors, specula and other devices that could be used in surgical setting in addressing unmet clinical needs.
  • Digital tools: mobile apps, software, IT platforms that help produce more efficient, less labour intensive and more cost-effective methods to complete surgical procedures. Use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data analytics and augmented reality (AR). Telesurgery platforms that allow surgeons to lead or help with operations remotely in real time.
  • Medical equipment: surgical lights, operating table accessories, patient positioning & support systems, anaesthesia apparatus, next generation surgical robotic systems, diagnostic equipment and surgical waste disposal units.
  • Surgical training & simulation tools: use of virtual reality (VR) tools and 3D printing for training and personalised pre-procedural planning.
  • Wearable technology: Use of sensor technology for patient monitoring before, during and/or after surgery to improve surgical outcomes.

Further information on the latest Hack will be appearing on the Medtech Accelerator website over the coming weeks.

Click here to register your interest.


January 18 @ 5:00 pm
January 19 @ 6:00 pm
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