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Speaking at the Reform digital health conference, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens announced that over 400,000 more patients will benefit this year from new tests, procedures and treatments as part of the Long Term Plan.
Delivered as part of the NHS’ Innovation and Technology Payment programme, the raft of new treatments and tests includes pregnant women getting a new pre-eclampsia test, cluster headache sufferers getting access to a handheld gadget which uses low-levels of electric current to reduce pain, as well as 3D heart modelling to rapidly diagnose coronary disease.
The NHS’ Innovation and Technology Payment programme which is fast-tracking the roll-out of latest technology across the country, building on progress in the past two years. NHS England has also confirmed that funding for 10 other new tests and treatments as part of the programme – including a computer programme that creates a digital 3D model of the heart and avoids the need for invasive procedures – will be extended, allowing more patients to benefit.
Stevens said: “From improving care for pregnant women to using digital modelling to assess heart conditions and new tests to prevent unnecessary hospitalisations for suspected heart attacks, the NHS is taking action to ensure patients have access to the very best modern technologies. It’s heartening to see the NHS grasping with both hands these rapidly advancing medical innovations.”
Sam Roberts, chief executive of the Accelerated Access Collaborative and director of innovation and life sciences for NHS England, added: “This programme has been amazingly successful at getting new tests and treatments to patients, with over 300,000 patients benefitting already, and this year we have another great selection of proven innovations. We will build on this success with our commitments set out in the Long Term Plan, to support the latest advances and make it easier for even more patients to benefit from world-class technology.”