New developments help innovators connect with the NHS

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has introduced a series of new features to improve user experience of its Health Innovation Exchange

health innovation exchange home pageThe Health Innovation Exchange provides a platform for NHS staff and industry innovators across the Health and Care sector to connect and share innovative solutions, projects and products that support the ambition of providing world class patient care in a cost effective, efficient manner.

Uniquely, it enables NHS organisations to search for innovative solutions related to specific areas of care for example diabetes or atrial fibrillation or to particular problems such as apps to help patients self-manage their conditions.

If NHS organisations are not able to find the solution they are looking for then they can post a problem and ask innovators to help them resolve their issue.

We are excited to share with you our new features, created in response to feedback from users of the Health Innovation Exchange and our members. The new features are:

Open Access

The Health Innovation Exchange has now become open access so you no longer have to register or log-in to view innovations on the site.  Innovators concerned about intellectual property still have the option to make their project visible only to Yorkshire & Humber AHSN staff.

Creation of a user directory

In order to allow users to find fellow innovators and other registered users of Health Innovation Exchange, we have created a searchable user directory.  Once logged into the site, you can view this by selecting ‘Browse’ then ‘All Users’.


Twitter is now embedded on the front page of the portal. Using the #innovationexchange when tweeting about innovations will showcase tweets on the front page of the portal.


A like function has been added to each project page, allowing innovators to promote projects and have other users endorse it.

Help us help you

We have created a “Do you require help from the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN” check box for users who add projects.  When adding your project simply click the box to request assistance from the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN team.

Featured checkbox

Our members have told us they would find it beneficial to know which innovations have had support from the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN as we aim to direct them to innovations that meet their specific needs.  We have now added a new ‘Featured’ checkbox for our administration team to use. This function will stamp innovations with the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN crest, allowing ease of identification for our partners.

Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will continue to consult with Innovation Exchange users as further plans to enhance the site are developed. If you have any feedback, please send this to

Richard Stubbs, Interim Managing Director at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “We are really excited about the changes we have already made to the Health Innovation Exchange. As we always expected, this is proving to be a really important platform, which means it’s essential to continually evaluate user feedback to improve their experience.

“The Health Innovation Exchange has already enabled innovators to openly showcase products and solutions that can improve patient outcomes and experiences, as well as deliver service efficiencies. It also provides a single entry point into the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN. “

The Innovation Exchange is a product of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN and is available for all AHSNs to use.  It has recently been adopted by The Innovation Agency (formerly North West Coast AHSN), and has been used as a data portal for the national atrial fibrillation project.  If you are from an AHSN and would be interested in hearing about how you can adopt the portal for your own AHSN’s use, please contact