Sensyne Health acquires digital health software product for the treatment of heart failure developed by The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sensyne Health acquires digital health software product for the treatment of heart failure developed by The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

August 8, 2018


Support-HF product will support patients and clinicians in managing heart failure and curate data for medical research using Clinical AI

Oxford, UK; 8 August 2018: Sensyne Health Limited (the “Company”), formerly Drayson Health, a British clinical AI technology company, announces today it has signed an exclusive licence agreement for a fourth digital health software product as part of its five-year strategic research agreement with the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Support-HF™ underpins a remote management service for patients with heart failure.

Following six years of R&D and a 30-month, 202-person randomised controlled trial (registered at ISCRTN 86212709), due to be submitted for publication in Q4 2018, the Company plans to develop a cloud-based scalable version of Support-HF to help support the management of heart failure at home.  

The collaboration between Sensyne Health, the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, established in July 2017, creates a pathway for the commercial development of digital health innovations invented and clinically validated by the University and the Trust.  Support-HF is the latest product to be exclusively licensed to the Company by Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, as part of this collaboration.

Heart failure affects 26 million people worldwide and is now considered a global epidemic1. In the UK, 900,000 patients are estimated to have the disease, with almost as many having damaged hearts who have not yet shown symptoms of heart failure2. Heart failure is currently the leading cause of hospital admissions for those aged 65 years and older with admissions expected to rise by 50% over the next 25 years3. The management of heart failure represents a significant cost burden to the NHS with 1-2% of the total annual budget estimated to be spent on the condition1.

Professor Kazem Rahimi, Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Support-HF Chief Investigator at The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford, commented: “This simple software enables heart failure patients to understand and monitor their condition and take control of their treatment in their own homes. An affordable, sustainable system, it has the potential to not only empower patients, but to strengthen the health system to bring specialist knowledge to non-specialists.”

“Support HF has the potential to make significant improvements in the care of patients suffering from heart failure and is a further example of the pipeline of innovative digital health innovations coming out of research at Oxford.  Sensyne Health will now develop the product so that it may be deployed more widely across the NHS and then internationally.”

“Support-HF is another example of cutting-edge digital health technology coming out of Oxford, created through the cross-disciplinary collaboration between doctors, engineers and software developers. We look forward to seeing this technology making a positive difference to the workload of doctors, the finances of the NHS and the health of patients suffering from heart failure.”

1. Cowie, Martin R, March 2017, The heart failure epidemic: a UK perspective.  Available at

2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Chronic heart failure in adults: management.  Available at

3. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Acute heart failure: diagnosis and management.  Available at

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Laura Steward
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Notes for editors:

The new agreement builds on an existing relationship with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, formed in September 2017, when the parties announced a global first, piloting Sensyne Health’s wireless environmental sensors in intensive care units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.


Sensyne Health is a healthcare technology company that creates value from accelerating the discovery and development of new medicines and improving patient care through the analysis of real-world evidence from large databases of anonymised patient data in collaboration with NHS Trusts.

Sensyne Health, which recently changed its name from Drayson Health, is based in the Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford's Old Road Campus.

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Support-HF is a managed service using digital tools, intended to benefit both heart failure patients and their GP’s. It is designed to ensure patients are on an optimum treatment plan following NICE guidelines. Support-HF is comprised of a software application for use on a tablet by heart failure patients, together with a patient monitoring website accessible by healthcare professionals only. Heart failure patients are able to record data and access self-management tools at home via the app whilst health care professionals can track their patients’ health remotely and use the data to support clinical decision-making via the website.  The patient’s app enables them to record automatically (via Bluetooth) daily vital signs data on blood pressure and weight alongside subjective symptom information that is entered manually. The application then shares this data with a specialist (cardiology) care team. The care team see alerts that are triggered when a patient’s data crosses pre-defined clinical risk thresholds. The care team also maintain a record for each patient on the system, recording data such as blood test results and medication. These data are either automatically pulled from cardiology lab systems or manually entered by the team depending on the Trust’s IT infrastructure. The care team can view, via the Support-HF system, information comprising data received from the patient, together with data from the patient’s health record and use this combined view of the patient to reach a judgement on the optimum intervention plan for the patient. This plan is then sent via email to the patient’s GP to implement.

Support-HF was developed by Prof. Kazem Rahimi and Prof. Lionel Tarassenko and their teams at the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with funding support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).


Any analysis of anonymised patient data (and hence the Company’s access to it) must be pre-approved for each programme on a case-by-case basis by the relevant NHS Trusts. This is to ensure that the purpose of the anonymisation and the proposed analysis are subject to appropriate ethical oversight and information governance, including conformance with the Caldicott Principles, UK data protection law and applicable regulatory guidance.


Clinical AI is a highly specialised field of AI which uses machine learning algorithms, including deep learning in tandem with human clinical expertise and big datasets with which to train the algorithms. Clinical AI is particularly concerned with the analysis of data acquired during routine clinical care of patients, in order to derive clinically-useful results such as to improve patient outcomes and to discover new insights about the use of pharmaceutical compounds to treat patients.


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