The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has released its annual impact report, sharing statistics and case studies to highlight some incredible healthcare innovations that have come out of the West Midlands during what has been the most challenging year in history for the UK’s health and care system.
2020 was a year of transformation for the WMAHSN with key achievements including 671 sites using innovations across the West Midlands, 500 patients benefitting from a new Emergency Laparotomy pathway and 15,906 being diagnosed with heart conditions and bringing in over £4 million worth of investment.
While supporting on the UK’s efforts against the pandemic meant that many of the network’s programmes and priorities needed to be adapted or realigned over the past 12 months, the WMAHSN has remained committed to improving the region’s health and wealth, working more closely with partners than ever before, and identifying three key areas to transform patient care: improving population health, transforming patient safety through innovation, and enabling economic growth.
Key innovations highlighted in the report are:
The impact report demonstrates the WMAHSN’s ability to respond rapidly in the most challenging of times, making a real difference for patients and service users across the West Midlands.
For the remainder of 2021 and going into 2022, the WMAHSN is focusing on strengthening relationships with regional partners and focusing efforts on developing programmes for key themes such as cardiovascular disease prevention, mental health resilience, remote monitoring, and digital transformation, aiming to deliver significant improvements to patient outcomes and economic growth for the region.
Tony Davis, Director of Innovation & Commercial at the WMAHSN, said: “We are confident that the WMAHSN will continue to positively impact on the health and wellbeing of patients and populations at a local, regional and national level, as we emerge from what has been a challenging year for all and step forward into what could be the most innovative period the sector has ever seen.”
To read the full impact report, visit the WMAHSN website: https://www.wmahsn.org/