Alder Hey Teams with Microsoft for Hybrid Digital Health Platform Launch

Walls? Where we’re going, we don’t need walls. Liverpool-based Children’s NHS Foundation Trust will offer patient and clinical care delivered in a hybrid world.

A “hospital without walls” is the goal as Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has unleashed its hybrid digital health platform.

Liverpool-based Alder Hey says its AlderHey@nywhere platform is the “hospital of the future”. The idea is to provide patient and clinical care in a hybrid world, both physical and virtual.

The interactive digital platform provides a point of access and patient care for families, children, young people and clinicians to manage, treat, educate and coordinate delivery of their healthcare.

The technology was developed by Alder Hey Innovation in collaboration with Microsoft and London-based software company Mindwave as a solution to “addressing the finite capacity of hospital and community resources, including both physical space and workforce”.

Managing Director of Alder Hey Innovation, Claire Liddy, comments: “At the moment, healthcare is most often about treating people that are ill. What we want to do is to shift to a more preventative model of care that is individualised and tailored and that empowers children and young people to take ownership of their healthcare and treatment.”

Alder Hey images of digtial health platform launch, June 2022

Liddy explains that there are different types of technologies out there already, such as wearables and smartwatches, but she reckons Alder Hey’s platform brings it all together into one place.

AlderHey@nywhere aims to have a dual purpose. It is designed with children, young people and their families in mind, by being “visually aesthetic, engaging and immersive, but also intuitive”.

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At the same time, it has to be usable by the clinicians who have to monitor, assess and optimise data and clinical workflow.

Mindwave – which has previously worked with Alder Hey to develop other tech platforms, including AlderPlay and mental health platform CYP As One – has been the lead developers on the visual interface of the portal, as well as the interconnectivity and operability of data.

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AlderHey@nywhere enables the interoperability of multiple systems using FHIR, remote devices and resources for management of acute and chronic conditions.

It also collates a new data set for longer-term, AI-augmented decision-making for preventative intervention, personalised care and long-term disease prevention.

Image ‘collage’ within story courtesy of Alder Hey.

Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton is the Editor of eWeek UK. He has 18 years' journalism and writing experience. His career has taken him to China, Japan and the UK - covering tech, fintech and business. Follow on Twitter @TonyFintech.
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