Helicon Health has won a prestigious award as part of an SBRI Healthcare £2.1m investment in innovation to build General Practice of the Future. The investment is funded by NHS England. Helicon is one of a group of companies that have been selected to develop novel technologies that aim to revolutionise primary care and GP services.
Helicon Health® has received funding to develop myHelicon-StrokePrevent™, an easy-to use app and digital platform for patients who are at risk of a stroke, to help them become confident in self-care, reduce risk, and live longer healthier lives.
“Stroke is a terrible injury caused by a clot or bleed in the brain. It can result in death or permanent disability. I am delighted Helicon has been selected for this award, to help reduce the burden of stroke to individuals, their families and the NHS”, said Professor David Patterson, Helicon’s founder and Chief Medical Officer.
There are over 150,000 strokes a year in the UK, costing the NHS over £2b and social care costs of £6b. One in four NHS hospital beds is occupied by people who have sustained a stroke. Yet according to a major recent study published in The Lancet, the majority of strokes are avoidable.
Helicon Health’s mission is to support patients and healthcare professionals to reduce the likelihood of stroke.
About Helicon Health
Helicon Health® is an award winning digital health spin out from UCL and the NHS. Helicon is pioneering the use of open source and open standards in Electronic Health Records and has embraced the new drugs, and IoT based diagnostic devices including apps; use of machine learning and wearables. Our Vision is “A healthy and proper lifespan” – “Avoiding watershed events such as strokes and heart attacks” Our Mission: “To deliver a digital platform for stroke prevention, for healthcare systems and direct to people” “Once proven, to apply the platform to other conditions”
About SBRI Healthcare www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk
The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), whose role is to promote UK economic growth by spreading innovation and best practice across the NHS. Winners receive fully funded development contracts between the awarded company and NHS England to meet known healthcare need.