We are pleased to announce we have been shortlisted for the ‘Partnership with the NHS award’ at the Medilink Medical & Healthcare Business Awards which will be held on Thursday 7 February 2019.
Our partners for the Beable project was Combined Healthcare NHS Trust working specifically with a group of patients managing their vascular wellbeing.
This project resonates with staff at Bitjam as it involved co-ordinating and collaborating with patients and NHS staff in the design and shaping of new digital services for the Trust.
We are only too aware of the challenges in engaging in true co-production and co-creativity, especially with the public and frontline staff who invest their valuable time to be involved in new digital service design. We are thankful for the time taken by the staff and patients to help shape the Beable project through the prototyping stage.
So, whether we bring back the award to Staffordshire or not, we feel the positive recognition so far should be something our partners should be proud of!
From Bitjam, thank you.
Previous award for Beable
DID YOU KNOW: The Beable project was also highly commended for innovation by the NHS at a previous award ceremony in 2018.
Bitjam is proud to announce that we have been successfully selected to be the preferred partner for the Keele Business Bridge programme for a second year running. Bitjam will be providing a range of services from consultation on telehealth plus app and software development.
What is the Business Bridge?
Keele Business Bridge provides innovation support for a priority value/sector market, which focuses on both UK and overseas healthcare and med-tech markets. Led by the University and University Hospitals North Midlands, the programme will be building on a long-term relationship, providing access to wide-ranging expertise.
Staffordshire-based businesses within the healthcare markets can access funded specialist support, particularly services in technical and scientific advice, collaborative working on R&D projects and design, testing and validation of products. Successful companies can expect to receive business support, an innovation fund of £7000 and/or collaborative R&D.
The programme forms part of the new Keele Deal initiative, a strategic partnership between local authorities, Keele, Hospital Trust, the LEP and local business. The goal is to create an economic deal that harnesses the value of Keele as a research-intensive University to create higher value jobs locally.
We continue to meet the required criteria as an innovation partner because of our considerable knowledge and expertise in designing and collaborating on relevant projects in the health and social care industry. We’re looking forward to working with local companies with innovative ideas that match our company vision of harnessing technology to provide relief to vulnerable members of society.
Nellie® is an SMS-based system underpinned by Simple Telehealth methodology, that’s been designed to encourage patient self-care, promote positive behaviour activation and improve the effectiveness of ongoing treatment.
“I do visualise Nellie as someone, giving me a prompt. She’s quite persistent!”
We worked closely with Simple Telehealth and SEMPHN bringing together evidence-based methodology, clinical best practice and modern software design to develop a clinical system where clinicians and patients can interact and communicate easily. The Nellie® system is designed for clinicians, by clinicians, allowing Doctors and Nurses to collaborate on the management of patient communications.
“Initially, it was somebody texting me, but now it’s become a friend”
One of the important outcomes of Nellie® is the social impact it’s had. The SMS and chatbot technologies have proven to enable positive behaviour changes.
“We’ve had some real success stories with Nellie®, from an educational perspective. People who’ve never exercised before consistently developing an exercise programme and really starting to understand the benefits of exercise”
We created a highly resilient, responsive system by working with existing Simple Telehealth methodology to develop the technology. The system creates best practice healthcare, advice and patient education, improved engagement and adherence and better and faster clinical outcomes.
We built the system with security as a key feature to ensure patient confidentiality, as well as considering the integration of third-party technologies with scalability in mind. The system is capable of being expanded internationally and scaling up to reach a wider end user.
The evaluation has started to give us the evidence we expected, suggesting the system is having a clinical impact. The Nellie® project demonstrates the ways in which even the most basic of technology is capable of kickstarting behaviour activation and encourages the continuation of a healthy routine.
“Since the introduction of Nellie® I’ve been motivated to walk and lost 7kg in weight. We’ve reduced a couple of tablets from 20mg to 5mg. Heart medication – 2 tablets a day to one, insulin, I was on 30 units, and now that’s down to 15 units a day, maybe 10. I’m amazed at the results”
To find out more, contact Carl at Bitjam.