Tiny Medical Apps secures Innovate UK funding to develop Patient Cloud
Tiny Medical Apps, a founding partner of BREATHE – the Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health, has secured funding from Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund.
The funding will be used to develop a fast, developer-friendly, secure, consent-driven, and cost-effective digital platform that aims to facilitate access to patient records from across England.
The application was supported by BREATHE, who will act in an advisory capacity as the platform is developed.
The NHS envisages a digital-first future and COVID-19 has made this an urgent need.
There is currently no single access point to patient data for SMEs who want to build remote monitoring applications. Scaling a product nationally is difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. Further to this, there are high regulatory hurdles to being able to store sensitive patient data.
Interoperability with healthcare systems requires expert knowledge of a complex landscape. Therefore, the ecosystem of patient-facing solutions remains small – Tiny Medical Apps are one of only 12 NHS accredited suppliers for personal health records.
Tiny Medical Apps’ Patient Cloud is a ‘middle layer’ of technology that will allow multiple patient apps to connect to different shared care records.
It aims to be the first single access point to patient records regardless of location and removes the need for SMEs to build expensive integrations and manage their own servers. Furthermore, Patient Cloud will free health innovators to focus on patient need and not technology.
Whilst building our own apps, in particular the Digital Health Passport, we found a key part of the puzzle was missing: we found the integration process hugely burdensome and wanted to simplify the process, not only for ourselves, but also for others.
The expertise and support available to us through BREATHE has been invaluable, and we’re delighted to take this forward as we further develop the platform.
The Patient Cloud platform has the potential to unlock and combine new and valuable data streams from consented patients. BREATHE will work with Tiny Medical Apps to maximise the opportunity for multiple patient devices and apps to share consented patient data with researchers via their new platform.