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Shaping the future of health innovation

Published on 31st March 2017

Future advances in healthcare will be aided by a new £10 million facility - the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory based at Newcastle University.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the unique facility will shape the future of health advances to provide better and more efficient healthcare for patients and the wider public.

The NIHR Innovation Observatory which launches today, will apply state-of-the-art data analytics to explore trends in health innovation across drugs, medical technologies, diagnostic tools and healthcare services.

It will offer academia and industry unique insights to identify areas to develop that can provide better healthcare and allow an opportunity for new innovations to be used in practice more rapidly.

The Director of NIHR Innovation Observatory, Professor Michael Trenell said: “There is a pressing need to provide better and more efficient care, today more than ever before.

“In order to do this, we need to accelerate access to new medicines, devices, diagnostics, and services for the benefit of patients.”

Thanks to major stakeholders such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), NHS England, healthcare providers, research funders and industrial partners, findings from NIHR Innovation Observatory will drive commissioning, policy, and strategy for research nationally and internationally.

Professor Trenell added: “The NIHR Innovation Observatory will apply Big Data analytics tools, from text mining, machine learning and cognitive analytics to reveal global trends – and global needs - in health innovation.”

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

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