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VIDEO ABOVE: West Midlands AHSN getting into its stride. ARTICLE BELOW: What are the Academic Health Science Networks and what are they up to?
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What are the Academic Health Science Networks and what are they up to?
As a result of a report in 2008 criticising the NHS for being poor and slow at innovation the AHSNs were established by NHS England in May 2013. AHSNs bring together health services, academic organisations and industry & commerce with the intention of creating a crucible for local and national innovation designed to improve health outcomes for patients and generate economic growth by facilitating the development and routes to market for English med-tech innovation.
Four years on there are 15 AHSNs across England:
Recently the AHSN Network has published an Atlas of Solutions in Healthcare showcasing proven innovations and improvements from the country’s AHSNs, that they feel are making a positive difference to people’s lives and NHS efficiency. The aim of the Atlas is to showcase innovation case-studies, spread best practice and help accelerate the adoption of innovation across health and care. Each example meets one or more of the gaps identified by the NHS in its Five Year Forward View: improving quality; impact on health and wellbeing; and increasing efficiency.
Some examples are linked below.