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Funding Awarded to Develop an Artificial Intelligence Powered Service for COPD

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is set to become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. 

Affecting 1.2 million people in the UK, exacerbations of COPD are the second most common cause of emergency hospital admissions and account for one in eight of all UK hospital admissions. 

A project funded by Innovate UK and supported by the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Safehaven, eHealth and the Department of Research & Development in a co-ordinated collaboration with StormID, KenSCI and ResMed, will now work together to develop a new care pathway for patients with COPD. 

The project will seek to reduce emergency hospital admissions among the highest risk COPD patients through remote monitoring and Artificial Intelligence-enabled preventative interventions. 

Using the latest technology the project aims to prevent at least one emergency hospital admission per year for each patient using the service.  The benefit to patients is that they can remain at home. 

If this project is successful and introduced across the UK to the highest risk COPD patients there could be a cost saving to the NHS across the UK. , The project will build on existing work already underway between NHSGGC, Storm ID and Digital Health Institute including 

  • A home remote-monitored non-invasive ventilation (NIV) pilot for COPD patients by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde that has already demonstrated benefits including reducing hospital admissions. 
  • A Small Business Research Initiative(SBRI) funded project between KenSci and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde to develop a decision support algorithm for use in Emergency Departments to improve COPD care planning. 

Chris Carlin, Consultant Respiratory Physician, NHSGGC said:  “This funding award from Innovate UK is a very welcome recognition of the capabilities of the team in NHSGGC, the talents of our consortium partners and the positive results from the pilot work that we’ve undertaken.  

“COPD is one of our biggest global health challenges.  We’re committed to delivering realistic medicine for our COPD patients.  We’re excited by the opportunity to deliver our vision is for a digital infrastructure and suite of innovations which will enable early detection of potential COPD deteriorations in our highest risk patients.”  

David Lowe, Emergency Consultant, NHSGGC, added:  “This unique collaboration will enable impactful digital health transformation for patients with debilitating lung disease. 

“Data driven re-orientation of health care delivery across the continuum of disease both in the community and hospital will reduce hospital admissions while improving quality of life for these patients. 

“Emergency Department attendance is the nadir of these patient’s long term condition but with enhanced monitoring and analytics the team will be able to intervene days before the ambulance is called. 

“Early warning of deterioration will enable our respiratory team to deliver the care they would receive in the ED at home improving patient outcomes whilst reducing demand on our overstretched Emergency Departments. 

“We are excited to deliver this project to our patients as an exemplar of service model redesign which can optimise care for patients suffering chronic disease.”   


Notes to Editors

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde is the largest health board in the UK, providing healthcare to over 1.2 million people. It has a strong track record in innovation and research, hosting the largest SafeHaven repository of anonymised electronic health data.  The importance of digital health innovation is recognised in core initiatives proposed in its ‘Moving Forward Together’ strategy blueprint for the future of health and social care services. 

Storm ID is a digital transformation consultancy with a 17-year track record of delivery in health care and the wider public sector. It developed the Lenus Digital Health and Care Platform, an open vendor agnostic platform, to support new models of care that combine remote monitoring of patients with machine assisted decision support. The Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) uses the platform to provide a test bed for developers to connect new and existing digital health services with health professionals across NHS Boards in Scotland. Developers can sign up to the DHI Developer Portal to connect and build new services.    Visit

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. Innovate UK is part of US Research and Innovation. 

KenSci is a Seattle based machine learning specialist for healthcare which works with a range of Healthcare organisations worldwide to develop predictive insights on which patients are most likely to fall sick to support early intervention. 

Digital Health and Care Institute – is a Scottish Innovation Centre, based in the Inovo Building at the University of Strathclyde and focused on inspiring, enabling and combining world-leading industry and academic expertise with technology, service, and design innovation to create person-centred digital health and care solutions to positively impact society. 

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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Last Updated: 20 September 2018