Sensely has won a prestigious award celebrating the very best of innovation in healthcare in collaboration with the West Midlands CCGs.
At the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN)’s second annual Celebration of Innovation Awards, the Industry Collaboration Award was given for the successful introduction of the Ask NHS App and its integration with the West Midlands NHS 111 Service.
Around 300 people from across the region’s NHS, industry, academia, third sector and patient population gathered at the Hilton Metropole at Birmingham’s NEC on 20 July to see the accolade awarded.
107 entries were submitted across the 12 categories, which were assessed by a panel of experts to choose the eventual winner.
Sensely won the Industry Collaboration Award for the Ask NHS mobile app.
Ask NHS is a mobile app that provides full technical integration with the West Midlands NHS 111 Clinical Assessment Service, the NHS National Directory of Services (DoS), EMIS Web and NHS Choices.
The Ask NHS app currently provides a fast and convenient digital access point to the NHS, giving patients in the West Midlands on-demand access 24/7.
Dr Christopher Parker, Managing Director of the WMAHSN, commented on the result.
“We are absolutely delighted that Sensely won the Industry Collaboration Award. It was so challenging to pick out the winners from such a strong field. Every judge was in agreement that all the submissions showed an astonishing breadth of scope or approaches that were truly innovative and able to transform patient care, provide solutions to significant challenges or break down barriers across our region. It was truly inspiring to be involved in judging the entries.”
While Rachael Ellis, Chief Officer for Integrated Urgent Care, NHS West Midlands, spoke on the mobile app as well.
“We are delighted to now offer our patients of the West Midlands access to Healthcare through the Ask NHS mobile app. Patients across the region can now download the app to assess their symptoms and in the event further Clinical Advice is required then they will be navigated through to our local 111 service. The CCGs are committed to developing digital access to care for our patients. We are delighted our work so far has been recognised by the West Midlands Health and Science Network.”
And Dr. Ivana Schnur, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Sensely, naturally welcomed the award.
“Sensely is thrilled to have won this year’s Industry Collaboration Award. It is wonderful to receive an award recognising our collective efforts. This award is a testament to our collaborative approach and I want to thank NHS West Midlands and our industry partners for making Ask NHS a success. The Ask NHS app is setting the industry standard on how to enable access to appropriate and quality healthcare, and deliver innovation into the hands of patients.”