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Breaking the Mould

24 Oct, 2019

Social Inclusion Award Winners 2019

We are proud to have been awarded a ‘Social Inclusion’ award at the inaugural Keele University Breaking the Mould Awards earlier this month. Held in the atrium of the recently opened and our new home, the Smart Innovation Hub. Liam and Jakub were at the celebration to pick up our stunning award.

Whilst putting it pride of place on the office bookshelf we nearly broke the award, turns out it’s a very sturdily made piece of kit!

award picture

It’s really good to be recognised for the work that we do. It gives us the opportunity to highlight the importance of working in collaboration to improve the lives of others. Bitjam’s purpose is not to profit but to use business as a force for good.

As Liam announced on stage at the awards ceremony, Bitjam’s next move will be into the satellite technology sector. Watch this space!

To read more about our recent projects check out our News section and Twitter @bitjam. For collaborations contact Carl Plant.

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Smart with your Heart: Data Analysis Dashboard

24 Oct, 2019

Alongside our work with the partners of the Innovate UK testbed project Smart with your Heart, we were delighted to be able to facilitate their data analysis with a purpose-built dashboard for all data to be processed, integrating with University Hospital of North Midlands Trust’s (UHNM) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) system.

Bitjam won the contract to evaluate the Smart with your Heart service because of our expertise with Big Data. Our dashboard imports data from the HES system, community services provided by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the 3 digital technologies partners.

Future additions to the service will be data from GP surgeries in the area, which will be a groundbreaking achievement, to bring together primary and secondary healthcare data.

It has been a complex Information Governance (IG) task, and Bitjam have worked closely with the IG team at UHNM. Hosted on the Hospitals mainframe system. Our valuable healthcare experience has enabled us to create a robust, user-friendly and IG compliant piece of software which we are proud of.

The dashboard’s aim is to see in real-time how the service is doing, and if it is meeting its Key Performance indicators (KPIs). In essence, it allows clinicians and management the ability to see how many patients are signed up and using the system and of those patients how many have been able to manage their condition in the community and prevent readmittance into hospital.

Data dashboard bitjam

Please note: This image is exclusively for demonstration purposes and is NOT a reflection of current project data.

The data will be academically evaluated by two participating universities, Staffordshire University and University of East Anglia. They will have access to anonymised data to perform their analysis. An interim report is due to be published before this pilot project ends. Once full data analysis has taken place, then a full report, including a medical journal article, will be published for public view.

This project has been a great challenge which all the team at Bitjam has really enjoyed developing. We have worked hard with UHNM to ensure this is a robust system and feel it is a big achievement.

For future healthcare project work, get in touch with us in the new Smart Innovation Hub at Keele University.

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Smart with your Heart: Digital Health Technologies

24 Oct, 2019

Digital Health Technologies

Collaborating is in our blood. Partnering with like-minded businesses is how we work, enabling us to improve lives, especially in the healthcare sector.

Funded by Innovate UK, Bitjam has partnered with a large hospital trust, and three innovative health technology companies to deliver ‘Smart with your Heart’.

The £1.2 million project at University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) is enabling heart failure patients to better care for themselves and prevent readmissions into the hospital.

With the support of community staff at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 300 patients are piloting 3 digital health technologies:

Florence is a telehealth SMS service powered by Bitjams software and Simpletelehealths methodology. It enables patients to respond to text messages asking how they are feeling compared to their last text message – same, better or worse, or ask how they are against a professionally designed symptom checker. Information is collated by the telehealth co-ordinator and circulated to clinicians if necessary.

Recap Health is an online health library holding videos and information tailored to patients’ need and condition, aiding self-managed care.

“Patients are better informed and better able to self care effectively”

Recap Health

“So far, the technology is working. I’m still on the recovery path but using Florence and the Recap Health means I don’t have to keep going back to hospital and I feel that there is help and support should I need it.”

Kelly, patient

he final tool in the box of these heart failure patients is i-Navigator . A social prescribing tool, which is a key component in the NHS vision of Universal Personalised Care. Patients can be easily referred to link workers from range of local health and public service agencies. Self-referral is encouraged.

We are living in an age where smartphones have become instruments for creating monumental change for individuals, social groups, cultures and communities around the globe. It is estimated that this project alone could lead to 24,000 fewer hospital admissions in the region, 240,000 fewer bed days and save the NHS £60m.

Bitjam was created to be a part of this positive change. From geeking out combining music with technology to working with Australian healthcare providers on important projects, using technology for social good is at the forefront of what we do. Our work with the public sector, including healthcare, charities and education, continues to inspire us. We’ve learnt about so many issues that affect many people around the world on a daily basis and had the chance to brainstorm with some incredible people to create simple technological solutions.

It was great to be working alongside the main partners of an innovative piece of work to make an impact on enhancing patient care. For more information on the Smart with your Heart project please contact UHNM.

Information Leaflet – UHNM

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