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Direct Health Care Innovations
Our experience as healthcare professionals and patient representatives enables us to work closely with customers and prospective systems suppliers to provide advice and assurance of the needs of the client and the delivery of working solutions. Over the years DHC Innovations have provided clinical healthcare delivery and transformation solutions by working with patients, carers, NHS professionals and fellow believers in innovation.
With over 35 years’ experience in NHS management, procurement, and application of clinical systems, we offer a range of consultancy and project management solutions, aimed at helping innovation in the delivery of healthcare. With extensive knowledge of the NHS at all levels, and an excellent reputation and proven ability in the understanding of trends and difficult issues related to service delivery. Through understanding, analysing, and articulating requirements. We work with a variety of companies from various industry sectors to help them expand their sales potential.
Direct Health Care Innovations
The NHS is challenged to deliver modern effective healthcare in an age of severe financial constraints, an escalating digital media awareness and increasing public expectations.
Over the years DHC Innovations have provided clinical healthcare delivery and transformation of IT related solutions by working with patients, carers, NHS professionals and fellow believers in innovation.
DHC Innovations’ current project is the creation a brand new, first of its kind product, called the Optishield.
The Optishield was developed from personal experience and working in collaboration with the Universities of Keele and Wolverhampton. The project went through several design processes, including CAD and 3D printing.
Aston University School of Optometry and the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC) undertook a usability study, the results of which found a very high level of acceptance among optometrists. The study identified a 100% completion success rate, with the highly experienced participants perceiving the device as a helpful aid to enable hand-free working, resulting in a direct positive impact on their usual clinical practice.
The Optishield offers a hands-free alternative for optometrists when testing visual acuity. It is reusable and easy to clean.
Our experience as healthcare professionals and patient representatives enable us to work closely with customers and prospective systems suppliers to provide advice and assurance of the needs of the client and the delivery of working solutions.
Optishield – the hands free alternative visual occluder paddles
For Eye care Professionals -
Currently available paddle occluders need to be held in position during visual testing procedure. The Optishield offers a hands-free alternative that can be slipped onto spectacles or testing frames enabling the clinician to concentrate on the client and the procedure.
For Eye care Professionals please contact – Mid-Optic Ltd
For personal use
The frosted Optishield offers a flexible alternative where temporary partial occlusion for a clinically prescribed period has been recommended by an eye care specialist.
Experienced healthcare professionals with a broad range of clinical and operational management skills, particularly in the acute sector. A wealth of experience in healthcare related commercial markets, specifically IT solutions and delivery of transformation programs.
Clinical Systems Reviews & Integration of Clinical Systems
Experience in delivering several healthcare IT installations, with an in depth understanding of healthcare informatics and practical experience on integration of Medical Devices, Network and Communication Technologies. Thereby ensuring that systems are compatible with healthcare standards and that industry solutions are secure.
Specialist Medical Procurement Advisory service
DHC Innovation’s in-depth understanding of public sector procurement has been developed through experience in the health sector and through providing bidding advice to private and third sector organisations competing for public sector tenders.
Project Program Manager – Responsible for procurement and co-ordination of installation and implementation of medical equipment including Integration of clinical systems with EPR and information systems.
NHS & Private Healthcare Management
Operational management across a range of medical and diagnostic specialties, and Business & Performance management of the regional tertiary specialist service.
Clinical Services Manager – Planning and day to day operational management of the clinical specialty Integrated Units.
With a long career in a clinical role in the NHS, Rebecca was fortunate enough to work alongside an incredibly inspirational, focused and driven workforce. During her career she has had extensive direct contact with patients which required skills and empathy with those suffering from a long-term medical condition. As an independent clinical reporter, she gained considerable experience in remaining focused to the best outcome for the patient. Having found the absence of a device to aid problems with diplopia, DHC Innovations decided to launch into the world of product design with the innovative Optishield.
With the help and facilitation of some forward-thinking local universities and business organisation schemes, DHC Innovations have been able to bring the unique device, the Optishield, into fruition. As a medical device, collaborations with Keele University, the University of Wolverhampton and the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre in Birmingham have proved invaluable. Of particular importance on this journey has been gaining extensive experience in regulatory, intellectual property and healthcare market requirements.
Following conversations with the sport and para-sport groups that use occlusion to improve sport vision performance, DHC Innovations are now looking to produce a version of the Optishield more suited for use during active sports. This will require further prototypes and tooling design, but hopefully this market diversification will be achieved, and the original product will pivot from a clinical medical device to a sports vision aid, opening new markets both in UK and Internationally. The innovation for the new product is the ease of use, and environmental impact considerations, compared to similar products in both clinical and sports settings.
Looking forward, the Optishield has attracted worldwide interest, with potential markets rapidly expanding. The company has a strong sense of connection with sight charities, with a profit share agreement with Beacon Vision, and a primary ethos of offering support to those using this device. This project was born of need, but its success rests on the collaboration, practical advice and entrepreneurial support that has been so graciously offered by several academic, charitable, and innovative business organisations.
This project has given DHC Innovations a greater insight into understanding product marketing and its associated disciplines. ——-
DHC Innovations and the Optishield are multiple award winners, receiving the Beacon Visionary Challenge Winner award in 2017, and the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Medilink Medical Healthcare Business Awards in 2019.