included in the NHS Health & Wealth Catalogue of Potential Innovations

Triteq were delighted to hear that our client Eykona was one of only 108 innovations accepted for the NHS Health & Wealth catalogue of Potential Innovations following a rigorous assessment process. Confirmation of this coincided with the 2013 UK Professional Diabetes Conference in Manchester, where Eykona and Triteq worked together. Triteq have worked with Eykona on this incredible product since 2011, when Eykona recognised that its state-of-art imaging solutions could provide a breakthrough in the specialist field of wound care.

They approached Triteq to help develop an entirely new 3D imaging system that would use a 3D camera and imaging software to record, layer and manipulate wound images. Triteq was tasked with developing a technologically advanced 3D camera system, which brought together several cutting-edge technologies within the design. 

The system was designed with three main components: a proprietary camera, a PC software package, and a small optical target, which has to be placed next to the wound during image capture. The use of the optical target is fundamental to the design and the camera will not work without it. The optical target allows the camera to 'know where it is' in space and provides a colour calibration for processing by the software. The use of a target for 3D imaging is robustly patented and exclusively licensed to Eykona for global commercialisation. 

The 3D camera needed to be a hand-held unit, which could be easily deployed in routine clinical practice. Although designed to be non-invasive and not in contact with the patient's skin, the device had to be designed for optimum cleanliness. The shape and surface had to be smooth, without grooves that could potentially trap dirt and bacteria. Another consideration was the material that the unit was made from; which had to be able to withstand chemical use for decontamination and cleaning.

The NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement has been asked by the Department of Health to produce the catalogue of all long-listed High Impact innovations. It was launched at the Innovation Expo on 13th & 14th March. The catalogue is accessible via the HII website where the intention is that the catalogue will be a resource for service improvement leaders; signposting them to innovations/innovators which have the potential to support them.

To view the catalogue, please follow this link. The 3D Measurement System can be found on page 42. As one of only 108 innovations accepted following a rigorous assessment process. It has earned its place as having the potential to support two of the five domains for change.

Domain 2: Enhancing quality of life for people with long term conditions.

Domain 4: Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care.

"Eykona are excited to be included in this catalogue of innovation and look forward to working with a growing number of service improvement leaders and clinicians from across the NHS."

Stuart Mead CEO Eykona.