Innovators from Cardiff and Vale UHB win funding at the Welsh Health Hack


Innovators from Cardiff and Vale UHB have been awarded Welsh Government funding for their digital improvement initiatives as part of the annual Welsh Health Hack. Of the five prizes available at the event on the 23rd and 24th May, Cardiff and Vale UHB participants won two of them, enabling them to develop their projects further.

The Welsh Health Hack is created from a partnership between NHS Wales, Life Sciences Hub Wales, the Bevan Commission, NHS Wales Informatics Service, MediWales, Health Technology Wales, Health Education and Improvement Wales and the Welsh Government, and gives healthcare staff across Wales the chance to solve their clinical and operation problems with technology.

Over 100 participants met at Cardiff Bay’s Life Sciences Hub Wales to watch 17 teams present their pitches. Those teams then paired up with tech industry partners who helped them to develop their product ideas and prototypes.

On the second day, the teams presented to a Dragons Den panel, which included representatives from Welsh Government, Health Education and Improvement Wales, Pfizer UK, Bevan Commission and Life Sciences Hub Wales.  The judging criteria zeroed in on how well the solution met the need, what impact this may have on patient experience and outcomes, and how realistically the solution could be delivered.

The winning Cardiff and Vale UHB projects:

BUDS is developed by Shaun Thomas, Renal Youth Worker at Cardiff and Vale UHB and Ben Griffiths, a senior graphic designer and renal patient. Dr Graham Smith, Paediatric Renal Consultant in the Children’s Kidney Centre is also involved in the project. In partnership with OSP Healthcare, they’re looking to develop an app that will enable children and young people to better understand and self-manage their health conditions. They want it to be genuinely co-designed with young patients, ensuring that it’s fully fit for purpose.

CHEETAH is being led by Helen Iliff, who will work alongside Inhealthcare to produce an app for clinicians that will guide and follow patients along care pathways. Helen is hoping to use the hot gallbladder pathway at UHW as a pilot for this, developing a user friendly system to prospectively follow patients to the end point of inpatient or outpatient cholecystectomy.

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