HealthQuest Solutions awarded £960,000 SBRI contract
Fri 12th December 2014
HealthQuest Solutions has been awarded its second contract by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). The SBRI is a well-established process which connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives.
The Company, and former Catalyst Centre tenant, was awarded the £960,000 contract for its innovative MyCOPD Solution, which delivers self-management, reducing wasteful prescribing and improving compliance in patients with Chronic Obtrusive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
This second contract has been awarded as a result of an extremely successful first phase which saw HealthQuest Solutions recruit 36 patients into a project to measure symptoms using the COPD Assessment Tool (CAT) score and assess their inhaler techniques. The investment will be used to market the Company’s products more widely and to support the recruitment of further patients for two new studies. Both will open up the opportunity to directly benefit more patients nationwide. Mal North, Health Lead Nurse of HealthQuest Solutions commented: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded the second phase of the SBRI contract. This money will make a huge difference to the services that we can provide to clinical commissioning groups across the country, meaning bigger savings for the NHS, and better outcomes for patients.”
It is estimated that over the next 10 years, £235m could be saved by the NHS if self-management is implemented correctly, a problem that HealthQuest Solutions set out to tackle for patients with long-term conditions. MyCOPD Solution supports the principles of self-management by improving knowledge and skills. It also supports the emotional aspects of having a long term condition through the use of online educational pages as well as videos showing the correct inhaler techniques, relaxation skills and exercise tips.