The TSP (Round 5) theme is: Diagnostic and monitoring technologies in Cardiology.
Heart and circulatory diseases cause a quarter (25 per cent) of all deaths in the UK; over 150,000 deaths each year - an average of 420 people each day or one death every three minutes with emergency services delivering resuscitation to 30,000 patients annually .
In addition, over half a million people in the UK are living with heart failure. The prognosis of heart failure is poor with 30-40% of patients dying within a year of diagnosis. .
Currently, in the market, there are good portable devices for ECG detection and monitoring (e.g. by AliveCor). Further progress in technology enabled care, would comprise automation of ECG measurements, triggered by events such as falls or high impact activities, and allowing direct reporting to a healthcare professional. Accurate risk stratification devices for cardiovascular heart disease that detect arrhythmic events and may classify their malignancy, or AI powered devices that could predict future arrhythmia, will be significant advances in cardiology.
There is also a need for ambulatory diagnostics that are more economical, including ECG patch monitors that are cheap and reusable.
Other areas of interest are solutions that may approach at-home monitoring in a more user-friendly manner, well adapted to a target population (e.g. the elderly).
The TSP (Round 5) is seeking companies that are working in these areas and have an innovation, not currently in use in the NHS, which they want to test in an NHS setting.
How to apply:
 Ford, A.H., Clark, T., Reynolds, E.C., Ross, C., Shelley, K., Simmonds, L., Benger, J., Soar, J., Nolan, J.P. and Thomas, M., 2016. Management of cardiac arrest survivors in UK intensive care units: a survey of practice. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 17(2), pp.117-121.
 Chen, J.J., Gamble, K., Graham-Wisener, L., McGlade, K., Doherty, J., Donnelly, P. and Stone, C.A., 2018. GP perceptions of the adequacy of community-based care for patients with advanced heart failure in a UK region (NI): a qualitative study. Open heart, 5(1), p.e000734.