Association of British Healthtech Industries (ABHI)

Advances in medical technologies such as non-invasive diagnostic devices, and better monitoring systems are enabling clinicians to diagnose illnesses earlier, offer more effective treatments, provide care services at home and in the community, and empower patients to better self-manage conditions – transforming health outcomes.

In 2018 Greater Manchester signed a partnership agreement with the Association of British Healthtech Industries (ABHI) to:

  • Ensure that the city region benefits from the accelerated introduction of the latest proven technologies and treatments.
  • Establish Greater Manchester as a world-leading site for developing the treatments of the future; driving additional inward investment and supporting the continued growth of the city-region’s already burgeoning health technology sector.

A core part of this partnership agreement was the formation of the Greater Manchester Health Technologies Group which brings together NHS to provide clear guidance to health technology industry partners on GM’s health and care priorities and seek out the best examples of technology innovators able to support the delivery of these priorities.

A number of proposals which have the potential to improve care for people in Greater Manchester are being progressed such as technological innovations to improve outcomes and patient experience for people with heart failure. This promising project uses data from implanted medical devices (such as pacemakers) to alert clinicians of patients with worsening symptoms so that preventative action can be taken. It also offers the opportunity to introduce a new ‘home model of care’ that capitalises on technology to avoid patients having to unnecessarily spend time in hospital.

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