Elaros is a private digital health company incubated by NHS organisations, that represents a breakthrough, not only in terms of the innovative nature of its product development, but also in its partnership approach that brings together the NHS, the academic community and industry.
The NHS organisations involved in ELAROS are:
Devices for Dignity: a NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative set up to
drive forward innovative new products, processes and services to support people with long-term conditions, preserving their dignity and independence.
Devices for Dignity is hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Medipex Ltd and NHS Innovations North:
the UK NHS Innovation Hubs for Yorkshire & Humber and the North East Region. Their mission is to facilitate the development of services and products that cut costs and improve patient care.
Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: who provide the clinical direction for ELAROS.
North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group: with whom Elaros is working to commercialiase the hydration monitoring system, Hydr8.
Elaros is a private digital health company incubated by NHS organisations, that adopts a partnership approach to product development, bringing together the NHS, the academic community and industry to develop solutions that are:
- Driven by unmet clinical need
- Co-designed and built with patients and clinicians
- Centred on powerful and validated algorithms
Elaros includes among its partners, the following organisations:
Dehydration in older people is among the top 10 reasons for hospital admission resulting in a significant financial impact on the healthcare system. Yet dehydration in older people can easily be prevented or treated with an appropriate hydration programme.
Hydr8 is a platform by which care homes can monitor the fluid intake of their residents. Each resident has their own profile on the Hydr8 app, where their fluid intake is recorded. The cumulative total can be viewed at a glance, with an infographic displaying the percentage of hydration status attained. Residents at risk of becoming under, or over, hydrated can easily be identified and a standardised protocol then guides staff to the appropriate response. Data from all residents is relayed back to a central data store which is accessible to the care home manager, care home provider, CCG and authorised clinicians.
Hydr8 was developed by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group and Nine Software company Ltd, with support from the Academic Health Science Network, North East and North Cumbria.
Sleep is essential for human survival. Lack of adequate sleep leads to many detrimental health effects.
Common behavioural sleep problems include difficulties falling asleep, an inability to maintain sleep and early morning awakenings.
Evidence has shown that paediatric behavioural sleep programmes improve sleep duration in children and thus have a positive impact on the whole family. Using the Sleepy Fox app, carers are taught to understand the science behind sleep and to create a personalised bedtime plan along with strategies to help the child get a good night's sleep.
Partners and funding
Sleepy Fox was developed in collaboration with the Children's Sleep Charity and Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, supported by funding from the SBRI.
Dysphagia is a condition that affects the ability to swallow and affects many elderly people, including residents in care homes.
The swallowing mechanism changes significantly as people age and its disruption can have long-range health consequences in older adults, including dehydration and malnutrition.
The Guide is intended to be a one-stop shop for care home staff from caterers and care home assistants to care home managers and care home policy makers. It includes essential information about dysphagia, recipes suitable for residents with swallowing difficulties and specialist training modules for catering staff. It is accessible on Android or iOS tablets.
Partners and funding
The Guide was developed in collaboration with Luto, Making Sense Ltd and experts in dysphagia from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, supported by funding from Innovate UK and the Abbeyfield Research Foundation.
At some point in their life two out of every three adults will have a bladder related problem, requiring a visit to their GP to identify the problem. Currently, people presenting to their GP with bladder problems are required to complete a paper diary that is then returned to their GP for analysis.
The Digital Bladder Diary replaces the paper diary with a hand held recording device that enables people to monitor their own health safely and discreetly.
The process of recording information is simple, and enables the patient to take control and management of their bladder issues with dignity. The device is discreet and convenient and the information captured is 100% secure. Using the device enables the patient to keep an accurate up to date bladder diary wherever they are.
The information gathered using the diary is uploaded remotely to the cloud which provides an immediate clinical diagnosis and recommended clinical action.
Use of the device ensures accurate clinical analysis of data resulting in greatly reduced clinical referrals and unnecessary hospital visits. The time taken to diagnose and treat a patient's symptoms is cut, reducing anxiety for the patient and offering quick relief from symptoms.
This innovative new way of carrying out initial assessment, diagnosis and triaging of patients with long-term conditions has been specifically designed to be integrated into GP practices, specialist continence providers, community health organisations and acute trusts. The service enhances delivery of the patient pathway and enables compliance with NICE guidelines.
The Digital Bladder diary was developed in collaboration with urology experts from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with support from the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and the North East & North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network.