The Hybrid Connex ‘Digital Ambulance of the Future’ project is a joint NHS and commercial technology initiative that uniquely combines 4G, 5G and satellite connections, ensuring that vehicle crews wherever their location will always be online with a high-speed connection.
NHS Ambulance Trusts throughout the UK are invited to work with NHS Arden & GEM CSU, and its technology partners, to help shape 'Hybrid Connex' - a project which will enable a whole range of applications to work together, significantly improving patient experiences and transforming the way ambulance services deliver ‘see and treat’ care.
We want to create the blueprint for the first fully connected digital ambulance that will be a game changer in the way ambulance services provide the majority of care to patients. Hybrid Connex has the ability to provide a whole range of new on-the-spot services such as diagnostics and enabling specialists located remotely to treat patients at the scene, thus significantly reducing unnecessary conveyance to emergency departments.
Government supported fully funded trials
This two year project has successfully been awarded €5.7m of funding from the European Space Agency (ESA), which will enable us to work with Ambulance Trusts to understand their challenges, explore technological solutions and fully fund a series of trials to demonstrate its operational and financial benefits.
"Hybrid Connex is a particularly interesting research and development programme that is working to develop improved digital capability for ambulance services by looking at the next generation of connectivity.
We believe this complements and mirrors the aims of the NHS Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP) in the provision of modern communications platforms for the ambulance and wider health sector, which will enable the use of technology advances in patient care.
To this end, ARP has begun developing an open dialogue with the Hybrid Connex programme, particularly around ensuring that input from end-users across the ambulance sector is central to the development of the next generation of connectivity solutions in the future. This will also assist and inform the next generation of products to be delivered by ARP.
ARP does not view Hybrid Connex as an alternative to the current ARP Products or the Emergency Services Network, nor is it a competitor solution. It is about a broad range of key stakeholders working collaboratively together today to inform the successful development of future connectivity requirements for ambulance services tomorrow.
We hope these research and development collaborations will provide ambulance services with the powerful connectivity platform they need to build on, so they can create the digital healthcare applications of the future that will genuinely transform patient care."
NHS Ambulance Radio Programme
Register your interest on the dedicated Hybrid Connex website
To be a success, it is important that the Hybrid Connex project has input from ambulance professionals, providing their clinical, operational and strategic knowledge & expertise.
We understand that this is a very busy time for ambulance services so you can decide your level of engagement, from contributing ideas, giving feedback and attending online and in-person events to simply receiving updates via newsletters and emails.
If you are an ambulance professional, working for an NHS Ambulance Trust and would like to help shape the future of digital ambulances we would love to hear from you.
Please follow the link below to the Hybrid Connex website and complete the simple online form to register your interest.