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Isansys take top prize for collaboration

Paul Durrands, Oxford AHSN, and Keith Errey, Isansys

Collaboration award winner Keith Errey, right, with Paul Durrands of Oxford AHSN

Congratulations to Isansys who were deserved winners of our second annual Best Public-Private Collaboration award.

The prize was presented during the OBN awards night at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, on 1 October.

The Isansys Patient Status Engine – a wireless patient monitoring platform which captures and analyses real-time data – has already won £1m in development funds from SBRI Healthcare and undergone successful tests at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Oxford Academic Health Science Network Chief Operating Officer Dr Paul Durrands handed over the trophy to Keith Errey of Isansys. Paul said: “The judges were impressed with Isansys’s ongoing collaboration with the NHS to improve patient safety – at home as well as in hospital.

“Their Patient Status Engine is demonstrating its value by identifying deterioration as it happens, triggering early action and saving lives.

“This is a great example of close collaboration between industry and the NHS to develop products that improve patient outcomes, safety and experience.

“We are delighted that Isansys will be carrying out further tests in the homes of frail elderly patients in Oxfordshire.”

Rebecca Weir, co-founder and Business Development Director of Isansys, said: “It’s a pleasure to work with the Oxford AHSN which is fortunate to have a wealth of academic and industry capability that we at Isansys have been able to draw upon. This has not only accelerated our own development, but also the fact that the Oxford AHSN has incorporated Isansys into collective developments – through events, innovation networks and collaboration platforms – means we have received greater exposure as a company. Our technology is now seen as a game changer in the way patients are cared for.”

Keith Errey, Chief Executive of Isansys, added: “I would like to thank the Oxford AHSN for sponsoring this award and supporting such meaningful collaborations between innovative companies such as Isansys and the NHS.

“This award belongs as much to the clinicians and nurses, particularly at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, for the magnificent work they are doing in adopting new wireless and digital technologies to help them make a significant difference to the lives of their patients and their families as well.

The other shortlisted entries were:

  • The DIABLO consortium – Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, Cranfield University and Cascade Technologies Ltd – laser sensor technology applied to healthcare for rapid point of care detection of C. difficile infection
  • Collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, NIHR and P1vital – an ‘emotional test battery’ to improve new drug treatment of depression, coupled with quicker, more effective, support in primary care following diagnosis

The 2014 winner was Cranfield University/Bedford Hospital for a diagnostic tool to measure bone density in the community.

Read more about the OBN awards night here >