The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched a new campaign called Bringing Innovation to the NHS, which intends to show how it supports MedTech companies develop their ideas and products and bring it to the NHS. This will be done in the form of videos and written case studies from Med Tech companies that will be showcased in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States.
The campaign is in response to the new EU regulations for medical devices (MDR) and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR), which requires companies to generate and publish additional clinical data demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of their product.
Featured case studies on the MedTech hub, which hub can be viewed here, include:
- Healum – accessed the NIHR’s Study Support Service to help them conduct clinical research in the NHS and generate evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of a digital solution aimed at healthcare professionals supporting type 2 diabetes patients make healthier choices
- Mologic Ltd – received NIHR support to develop a urine-based test for an early indication of exacerbation of COPD, simple enough for patients to monitor their disease status at home, enabling care in the community and thereby reducing A&E visits and admissions
- MIRA rehab Ltd – MIRA is a digital approach to physiotherapy that turns exercises into video games, and could improve patient adherence, reduce the number of trips to the clinic for patients and reduce overall costs for the NHS. NIHR is supporting the GAME trial which is further investigating MIRA
In addition, NIHR has also announced a new programme of work called Patient Engagement in Clinical Development aimed at promoting a ‘truly patient first’ approach by involving patients at the very beginning of clinical development.