InnovationExchanges

All 15 AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange.

The Innovation Exchange is an AHSN coordinated approach to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.

The Eastern AHSN manages this process via our Health InnX East platform.


The Innovation Exchange identifies innovations for the Accelerated Access Collaborative and for local adoption. The Accelerated Access Collaborative is a national partnership of organisations including NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, NICE, NHS Improvement and the AHSNs.

The Innovation Exchange has four structured elements:

  • Needs definition
  • Innovator support and signposting
  • Real world validation
  • Spread and adoption of supported innovations.

Needs definition

We support our Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) to identify proven solutions to existing challenges.

Innovator support and signposting

Innovator support is provided by all AHSNs. The Innovation Pathway sets out the range of service offered.  There is a consistent and co-ordinated offer to innovators wherever they are identified in the system.

Real world validation

Real world validation is informed by regional and local need and seeks to provide the information and evidence needed to enable adoption of the innovation in a variety of settings.

Spread and adoption of supported innovations

The Innovation Exchange supports the adoption of innovations identified by the Accelerated Access Collaborative. It also identifies and supports the adoption of innovations on a regional and cross-regional basis.

Funded by the government’s Office for Life Sciences, the Innovative Exchange builds on AHSNs’ unique expertise and cross-sector connections, enabling us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread proven innovation.

Active campaigns

Early cancer diagnosis

Eastern AHSN is working with partners across the region to improve early cancer diagnosis. Our next innovation exchange aims to co-create a ‘challenge statement’ – a statement that identifies the problems preventing earlier cancer diagnosis so that we can work collectively on solving them.

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Estates and facilities management

Health and care services are delivered across the region in a significant number of buildings and, after staffing costs, providing and maintaining these facilities can be one of the highest areas of spending.

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