Trust consultant leads team to win Design Council award

09 Dec 2015

Professor David Patterson, Whittington Health consultant cardiologist and Helicon Health chief clinical officer, has led his team at Helicon Health to win a Design Council award.

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Professor David Patterson, Whittington Health consultant cardiologist and Helicon Health chief clinical officer, has led his team at Helicon Health to win a Design Council award.

Helicon Health is recognised alongside nine other companies developing inventions that could help people stay independent for longer as they get older or develop debilitating illness. Helicon Health will join Design Council’s MedTechSouthEast accelerator programme, which gives teams a practical, thorough understanding of how to use design to fast-track the commercialisation of their innovations.

They will receive exclusive mentoring from Design Council’s leading design associates to develop HeliconLiveLong - an online tool to help care teams manage the health of frail elderly people. These patients often have multiple health conditions and the electronic patient record at the centre of HeliconLiveLong will help interdisciplinary care teams manage the health of elderly people with multiple conditions more effectively and easily.

Professor Patterson said: “We are thrilled to have received this award and have already learned a lot from a “boot camp” event at the Design Council. Our HeliconLiveLong approach will build on and expand our innovative stroke prevention services with HeliconHeart which embraces atrial fibrillation and anticoagulation. This “distributed” package of care is hosted by Whittington Health and delivers care from 35 sites in north central London and Hertfordshire; it is now being adopted across the UK.”

John Mathers, chief executive of Design Council, said: “Technology can be a vital tool in retaining our quality of life as we get older. MedTechSouthEast has highlighted the tech talent we have in Britain, and we need to increase the convergence of tech and design to create usable, accessible, human-centred devices and systems that will help us all retain our quality of life as we age.

“This programme will teach our winners how the application of design can develop and shape their ideas to become practical products that people want as much as they need. It’s the combination of innovation and design that creates technology which can truly revolutionise people’s lives, as well as help save money for our public services.”

Links

Helicon Health website
MedTechSouthEast website

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