Posted on January 31, 2019 by staff

Heart failure service begins Manchester trial


Nearly 1,000 patients will be monitored by a service which uses data from existing implantable devices to transform care and better meet their needs.

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) has announced that ten innovative data solutions will receive a share of £3 million Government funding following a UK-wide competition, with £338,000 being allocated to Greater Manchester.

In one year alone, 4,330 admissions to hospitals in Greater Manchester were related to heart failure, with treatment costing more than £17 million.

Health Innovation Manchester has developed the heart failure project through an innovative partnership between Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Manchester, global medical devices company Medtronic and clinical trials specialists North West EHealth.

“By identifying patients at an earlier time-point it creates a window of opportunity in which to optimise heart failure therapies, and there is a strong signal that it could prevent a problem, such as worsening heart failure, from turning into a crisis resulting in an unplanned heart failure admission,” said Jackie Fielding, Vice President UK and Ireland Medtronic Ltd.

“Greater Manchester’s devolved healthcare system creates a unique opportunity to scale up digital health opportunities at pace to the benefit of the wider population.

“As our systems move towards a more sustainable, value based healthcare approach, it’s crucial that healthcare providers are reimbursed on outcomes that matter to patients and thus improve their quality of life.

The projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which aims to tackle the big societal and industrial challenges of today such as an ageing population.

“Together with our NHS and industry partners, we will test a new way of working that promises to enable rapid translation of data science research into practice leading to better care and improved outcomes for patients,” said Prof John Ainsworth, Professor of Health Informatics and project academic lead.