Clinical decision support in emergency care


NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government is to invest up to £55,000 in innovative data analytics. These should improve patient management and enhance clinical decision making within the emergency care department.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. The aim is to develop data analytics that will enable clinicians to make informed, safe and timely decisions.  The competition is looking for proposals that:

  • can support evidence-based clinical decision-making
  • could predict length of stay (resource utilisation) based on available data
  • could predict mortality based on available data

This competition has 2 phases. We have allocated up to £10,000 for phase 1 and up to £45,000 for phase 2.

  • phase 1: technical feasibility. Projects should last up to 12 weeks and range in size up to a total cost of £2,000
  • phase 2: development, evaluation and testing. Projects should last up to 9 months and range in size up to a total cost of £15,000

Competition Scope:

The aim of this competition is to develop innovative data analytics that will enable clinicians to make informed, safe and timely decisions.  Improved provision of critical data should enable early decision-making on treatment and disposition. It should enhance patient flow, satisfaction and, potentially, outcomes.

The clinical focus is the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for patients in emergency care departments.

We are looking for innovative data analytics that are capable of, but not limited to:

  • resolving complex high-volume data into clinically usable data at the point of care
  • making key critical data instantly visible to the clinician

Innovations should be able to provide at least one of the following outcomes:

  • enhanced clinical decision-making for patients with COPD attending the emergency care department
  • enhanced resource utilisation through predicted length of stay
  • early identification of patients at risk of deterioration beyond existing prediction models

The competition is particularly looking for solutions that:

  • improve patient experience and outcomes
  • can be applied to other medical conditions

Proposed digital platforms should effectively and securely interface with existing NHS Scotland IT infrastructure. Digital solutions should be flexible to allow for national and local development of the resource in line with service needs.

Key Dates:

Competition opens Monday 10 April 2017
Registration deadline for briefing event Friday 5 May 2017
Briefing event for applicants Monday 8 May 2017
Registration deadline for entering the competition Midday Wednesday 31 May 2017
Phase 1 application deadline Midday Wednesday 7 June 2017

How to apply:

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Our work is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, the North East LEP, Northumbrian WaterNorth East BIC, and Reece Innovation with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
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