Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN), is one of 15 AHSN in the UK set up to spread innovation at pace and scale across the healthcare system. They work across the East of England region to help promote health service improvement and innovation. Amongst improving the health of the local population, they aim to generate economic growth by supporting innovators. They enable companies to grow and create jobs by helping NHS organisations and industry to engage more productively, and were looking for early stage ventures to be introduced into the healthcare innovation pipeline.
The Cambridge Judge Business School – the business school of the University of Cambridge, and Taylor Vinters, an international law firm supporting businesses which drive the innovation economy, joined the initiative as sponsors
EAHSN asked Studio Zao to create early stage ventures to be added to the innovation pipeline of the NHS healthcare system. With the help of local health organisations such as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, we agreed on the focus challenges.
- Mental Health – how might AI be applied to improve patients’ safety and prevent suicidal behaviour or detect impending violent behaviours?
- Healthy Ageing – how might AI facilitate targeted, personalised care in older people with multiple co-morbidities and to detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms arise?
Studio Zao collaborated with EAHSN, The Bradfield Centre and Central Working to design and run MedTechBOOST, an intensive one-week venture sprint to develop AI solutions to Mental Health and Healthy Ageing.
We managed the end-to-end programme by recruiting and teaming applicants, selecting speakers, judges and industry leading mentors, preparing and delivering the actual venture sprint content through expert facilitators and trainers on the field.