A business has won its eighth national award for its digital healthcare technology which helps improve results for patients.

Definition Health, at the Sussex Innovation Centre in Falmer, won the accolade for partnership at the Health Service Journal’s annual awards in London on Thursday.

It was commended for its work with Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

The company created an app, called Definition LifeBox, which allows patients to complete their pre-assessment for surgery from the safety and comfort of their own home.

“We are all absolutely delighted for ourselves and our partner, Royal Surrey, to win this prestigious award,”  said Sandeep Chauhan, orthopaedic surgeon and co-founder of Definition Health.

“This award recognises the hard work and commitment of everyone involved to bring about a digital change to improve patient outcomes.

"Our digital solutions have raised the bar when it comes to reducing patient risk and improving time and cost efficiencies across the NHS, but we can’t do that without strong partnerships with the hospital teams – together we can  improve patient care and drive an enhanced patient experience.”

Definition Health in 2018 by was founded by two NHS consultants Mr Chauhan and Dr Rosie Scott, a consultant radiologist. 

Together with a team of local technology specialists they launched their first product, called Definition LifeBox, at The Montefiore Hospital in Hove. 

To date, its technology has allowed more than 175,000  patients across ten NHS trusts and six independent hospitals to access pre- and post-operative health assessments and monitoring from the comfort and safety of their homes.

The app allows patients to complete their pre-assessment at home ahead of a procedure. The app generates patient-specific questions to fully identify the individual’s level of risk ensuring they are “surgery ready”.

Two-way file sharing between the trust and the patient allows for a secure exchange of information such as test results, fasting advice and useful information to reassure and inform patients.

Medical concerns, such as blood pressure or anaemia, are identified early and brought under control, greatly improving outcomes and preventing last-minute cancellations on the day of surgery.