Ravi Chana, Senior Business Development Manager at the NIHR Office of Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) has provided an overview of how the NIHR can support technology development for healthcare in an article available through LinkedIn.
Digital healthcare holds great potential with robotics, artificial intelligence, healthcare management tools and digital monitoring devices all offering potential solutions to health challenges. The UK is powerfully positioned to lead in the discovery and evaluation of these new approaches, but if we are to accelerate the development of new medical technology, diagnostics and digital tools then we also need to support companies in accessing this expertise.
Over the past seven years, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has invested considerable funding and resource into setting up and maintaining MedTech specific research infrastructure within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support companies with their innovation. This support can be found across the NIHR’s infrastructure; most evidently through the NIHR Medtech and In vitro diagnostic Cooperatives (MICs).