Health and social care 2015

NHS Testbeds



NHS England; Department of health


Internet of things, Digtal care technology

Testbed programme facilitating sub-programmes functioning as testbeds and medical trials Seven NHS and industrial partnerships are testing combinatorial innovations in real-world settings. The testbeds come in "waves" which provide funding to different branches of innovation.

What was tested

Digital health care technology to improve health outcomes and reduce health costs, such as predictive algorithms to manage patients at risk of developing particular condition; Aggregation of data to inform operational and clinical decision-making and improve an individual's ability to manage their condition; Technology to monitor risk of crisis in clinical pathways or an individual's home.

Testbed purpose

The purpose is to use the potential of digital technologies to positively transform the way in which healthcare is delivered for patients and carers, while also reducing the continuously rising cost of the public health service.


Various, depending on which site and technology is being tested. The first wave included testing of 51 digital products, 75 partner organisation and 4000 patients directly involved with real-world environment testing.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Make public services better and more efficient

Bank of examples of real-world innovation testbeds

This is a database of real-world innovation testbeds collected through desk-based research and network interviews. It contains global examples from a range of sectors sorted into typologies, country, purpose, sectoral composition, year of establishment and main facilitators.

We're collecting more examples as we find them. If you'd like to add your testbed to this map, please suggest a testbed.

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