£7.3m funding for 11 Welsh digital health innovations

NHS Wales
“It is fantastic to see organisations coming up with innovative schemes to improve our health care services,” said Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething

Welsh Health Secretary grants £7.3m funding for health innovations

[Cardiff, Wales] Eleven health innovations selected through the Efficiency Through Technology Fund (ETTF) in Wales will receive £7.3m in funding for further development, Vaughan Gething, Welsh Health Secretary, has announced.

The National Welsh Informatics Service is set to receive £1.18m to accelerate the process of IT transformation and digital patient records, focusing on Nursing e-Forms ‘as a priority area’.

The molecular diagnostics for gastrointestinal infections project, which was led by Public Health Wales, is also set to receive approximately £2.5m during the next three years, while other innovations include the design and deployment of a remote reporting system for patients with deep pressure ulcers.

Meanwhile, the Powys health board will receive funding for a digital Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) platform, expected to increase efficiency of mental health services in Wales.

‘Fierce competition’ for health IT fund

Gething revealed nearly 150 applications were submitted, with innovations facing ‘fierce competition’.

“It is fantastic to see organisations coming up with innovative schemes to improve our health care services. I am looking forward to visit some of the projects in the near future to see first hand what they can achieve,” he added in a statement.

Landauer data breach

Earlier this year, however, it was revealed details of NHS staff in Wales were stolen after hackers attacked an IT supplier’s system, Landauer.

Velindre NHS Trust and Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board were both affected by the data breach, with the information stolen including dates of birth and National Insurance Numbers; updates on the investigation launched have not yet been reported.