NHS Digital conducts wireless trials to enhance patient care and connectivity

A series of trials are being conducted by NHS Digital examining how wireless technologies can support improved healthcare.



NHS organizations that are planning or implementing creative wireless solutions are encouraged to apply for the Wireless Centre of Excellence trials by the 29th of July.



Organisations can apply for funding for wireless and innovative technology to improve connectivity within their health and care settings through these trials.



"Wireless technologies will continue to play an increasingly important role as the NHS implements new models of care that allow patients to receive treatment at home or in mobile health settings," said Patrick Clark, Director of Infrastructure Services at NHS Digital.



"They will also enable clinicians to access data and digital systems wherever they are needed. From enabling real-time remote diagnosis in a mobile health unit to supporting live observations in the first 5G hospital in the UK, we are already experiencing many of the benefits of cutting-edge wireless technology and innovation.



A step forward in digital transformation, these projects will bring a wealth of benefits, particularly to those who are least able to access healthcare and to those in digitally isolated hospitals and health centres. This year, we look forward to working with successful trialists to realize the benefits of wireless technologies and high-speed connectivity for improving healthcare."



A previous NHS Digital wireless trial involved University College London Hospitals' Find and Treat service, which uses cutting-edge tools and software to deliver real-time remote diagnosis and referrals.



South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust became the first 5G-connected hospital in the UK as a result of another NHS Digital-funded trial. Clinical trial participants have access to a handheld device that allowed them to update patient records digitally and make live observations.



While the current trials program is only intended to run for one year, applications for longer trials will also be considered. Applicants are required to provide "an overview of their wireless projects and goals, expected outcomes and implications for the delivery of health or social care, and healthcare needs or technical challenges they are seeking to overcome" to be considered for the program.



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