Digital Health Partnership Wins Collaboration Award

Digital Health Partnership Wins Collaboration Award

October 6, 2017
A ground-breaking partnership comprising the University of Oxford, Oxford University Innovation, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Drayson Technologies to develop digital health solutions has won the 2017 Oxford Academic Health Science Network Best Public-Private Collaboration Award.

The prize, presented at a ceremony held at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday 5th October is tribute to the success and rapid progress the partnership has made, following the partnership’s strategic research agreement earlier this year to evaluate, develop and commercialise digital health technologies, including:


a gestational diabetes patient-to-clinician mobile app, recently recommended for publication in NHS Digital Tools Library. GDm-Health tested in over 1,000 patients at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, showed a 25% reduction in clinic visits.


a digital vital-signs and early warning system to help reduce the number of adverse events. Developed by clinicians for clinicians, the system has already enhanced the clinical care of over 100,000 patients over the past two years.


a patient-to-clinician mobile app for the proactive management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. EDGE-COPD showed a 17% reduction in hospital admissions during a 12-month clinical trial.

The Oxford AHSN award recognises innovative partnerships between universities, industry and the NHS which will ultimately benefit patients.

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of Oxford AHSN, said:
“This project is a very worthy winner of our 2017 Best Public-Private Collaboration award. It encapsulates everything this prize was set up to reward.
“Partnership across the research and innovation pathway has been at the heart of this clinically-led initiative from day one.
“Our clinical innovation adoption team coordinated the roll-out across NHS trusts in our region and our strategic and industry partnerships team brought together Lionel Tarassenko from the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Paul Drayson, the head of Drayson Technologies. The result is a ground-breaking collaboration between the university, a commercial partner and the NHS which will bring investment back into the public sector.”

The prize was presented at the 2017 OBN Awards by Dr Paul Durrands, Chief Operating Officer of the Oxford AHSN. He said:
“The quality of the shortlist this year was outstanding, demonstrating the range, scope and impact of the partnerships across our region. This made the judges’ task very hard indeed.”

Whilst competition was stiff, the judges were however, unanimous in their decision, stating:
“Very innovative for the region giving potential for sustained benefits to patients and the healthcare system”
“Has huge potential to impact greater spread of ideas and improved patient outcomes”
The judging panel comprised:

Dr Nick Edwards, Chair of MedInnovate and Chair of Oxford AHSN Strategic and Industry Partnerships Oversight GroupChris Goard, Non-Executive Director, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; former Group Marketing Director of Taylor Nelson Sofres plcNigel Tipple, Chief Executive, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Commenting on the win, Lord Paul Drayson, Chairman and CEO, Drayson Technologies, said:
“This award is a real boost for our partnership, as we work together to ensure that patients benefit from clinically led digital innovations and real-world insights born out of Oxford’s world-class medical research and that this generates a financial return back into the NHS Trust and the University.”

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