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Welsh Government funds Covid-19 digital initiatives

26/06/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

The Welsh Government has shared out £150,000 to five projects aimed at developing digital solutions to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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A panel led by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and with representatives from the Welsh Government, NHS Wales and industry chose the initiatives based partly on their long term potential.

The five projects are:

  • PhysioNow by Connect Health – a physiotherapy chatbot providing 24/7 triage and support for musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Medopad by Huma Therapeutics – a real time remote patient monitoring system allowing for symptomatic patients to remain home rather than be admitted to hospital.
  • MedTRiM by DNA Definitive – an app for a service that is currently face-to-face within NHS Wales. It will provide support for people exposed to trauma in the workplace to continue their work digitally.
  • CliniTouch Vie by Spirit Digital – patient monitoring system supporting the management of Covid-19 patients in the community post-discharge.
  • SPOT by Healthy.IO – a wound assessment app which scans wounds and shares images with tissue viability nurses, district nurses and GPs for further assessment.

Helen Northmore, manager of the Digital Health Ecosystem Wales programme, a collaboration between Life Sciences Hub Wales and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS), said: “The projects selected demonstrated how digital solutions can give people tools to help them manage their condition and their wellbeing in their home or work environment. I am excited to see the results from the rapid pilots later this summer.”

Develop, test and scale up

Andy McCann, co-director of DNA Definitive, developers of the MedTRiM app, said: “We will now develop, test and be able to scale up an online trauma resilience course based on our acclaimed Medical Trauma Resilience Management (MedTRiM) Programme.

“The course will provide a credible framework for managing adverse psychological consequences for staff exposed to potentially traumatic events during the course of their work and will develop practitioners to assist organisational leaders and managers in supporting colleagues with the psychological aspects of potentially traumatic events.”

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