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Congratulations to the WINNERS of the Assistive Technology Awards 2023!

by Tracy Williams

We would like to say thank you to all the applicants who entered the Assistive Technology Awards this year and a big CONGRATULATIONS to the winners!

A special thanks to our judge. We received a large amount of applications this year and some difficult decisions have had to be made due to the technology and impact of the solutions being quite remarkable. Please see the winners and their overviews below:

The Winners:

  • Best New Assistive Technology Solution of the Year: Cassius
  • Best Solution for Monitoring: vCreate
  • Best Innovation Project of the Year: Cassius+
  • Best Assistive Technology app: XRAI Glass

The Winners and their solution overviews:

Best New Assistive Technology Solution of the Year: Cassius

Cassius is a digitally-enabled care service rolled out to Suffolk residents who draw on adult social care. Its data-led model supports older or vulnerable people to live more connected, safe and sustainable lives in their own homes, giving them more choice and autonomy while reducing pressure on stretched public services. Cassius has been life changing for the 2,375 residents it’s reached, scoring a 98.45% happiness rating. It’s also enabled Suffolk County Council to avoid £8.8 million and make £1.1 million cashable savings while saving the NHS £480,000 and sparing residents a collective 67,825 days in care homes.

Best Solution for Monitoring: vCreate

vCreate Neuro is an NHS trusted secure video service that connects patients and families with healthcare professionals to digitise the patient pathway, support remote monitoring and enhance care management. The service allows the secure sharing of videos, photos and data into clinical teams. It is currently used in over 70 hospital units in the UK and globally, including Great Ormond Street Hospital and University Clinic Knappschaftskrankenhaus in Germany. To date, clinical teams have supported more than 9,000 patients and families to securely share videos, photos and data with their clinical teams for remote monitoring and speedier diagnosis.

Best Innovation Project of the Year: Cassius+

Cassius+ is Suffolk’s digitally-enabled model for patients with chronic diseases who could benefit from closer monitoring than standard GP or outpatient processes allow. Clinical staff identify patients to participate – perhaps those recently discharged from hospital, experiencing new symptoms, or trialing a medication change. A package of health devices, a video carephone and regular scheduled calls with non-clinical Cassius+ staff allow patients to report key information such as heart rate, blood pressure and temperature from their own home. This extra information gives the clinicians the chance to quickly identify problems, take preventative actions and support patients to live more independently.

Best Assistive Technology App: XRAI Glass

XRAI Glass was created to connect people through technology. Powered by augmented reality, our app converts audio into visuals, allowing a pair of smart glasses to turn speech into subtitles, in real-time. We want everyone to be able to see through the noise and be themselves. With XRAI Glass, deaf and hard-of-hearing users can enjoy rich conversations with multiple people in the room, remotely, or nearby.

 

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