Our purpose is to turn great ideas into positive health impact

We believe that health is improved by great ideas, but great ideas only make an impact when they are put into practice. Our health is too important to leave to chance.

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Our year in review and what's next for Eastern AHSN

Our latest impact review is now live. Find out how we have turned great ideas into positive impact throughout 2022/23 and discover what’s in store for 2023/24.

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How much does the general public know about their blood pressure?

Katherine Cummergen, Senior Advisor, shares what we learned from a survey of over 700 people about blood pressure optimisation

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Training the healthcare workforce on lysosomal storage disorders

The UK’s first RCN-accredited nurse training programme for lysosomal storage disorders launched

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Health Innovation East is the new name for Eastern AHSN (from 1 October, 2023)

By providing services to meet the needs of all partners in the health and care sector Health Innovation East will continue turning great ideas into positive health impact.

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At Eastern AHSN we help innovators navigate complex systems, generate value propositions and convene key stakeholders to realise the value of innovations quicker.

Understand how to navigate regulations and enable your innovation to deliver an impact


Submit your ideas
Build connections with innovators to help develop solutions that meet patients' needs


Get involved and make a difference
Commercialise ideas, forge partnerships and connect with entrepreneurial schemes


Get involved and make a difference
Help innovators develop solutions to meet your needs


Tell us your ideas

Are you looking to partner with us?

We work in partnership with public and private organisations across the innovation landscape to deliver our common goal of improving patient care.

What does Eastern AHSN do?

Eastern AHSN (Academic Health Science Network) turn great ideas into positive impact by bringing together all partners in the health sector to develop and deliver innovative care. We were established by the NHS and the Office for Life Sciences to work with academia, citizens, health services and industry to realise the value of innovations quicker. Our focus is in the East of England, but we are part of a national network that enables us to deliver at scale.

We convene


Citizens, academia, health services and industry will achieve more working together than they will in isolation.

We develop


Health is improved by great ideas, but great ideas only make an impact when they are put into practice.



We deliver the national AHSN programmes and support the largest health and life sciences cluster in Europe, mobilising leaders and the community to embrace the future.

Our focus areas

We spend roughly half of our time on the adoption and spread of the national programmes delivered by the AHSN Network.

We spend the other half on areas of health consistent with the priorities set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and in the Eastern region and the areas where our region is best placed to make major advances. Following consultation across our region, we have defined four priority areas of greatest health need.

Mental health


Rare diseases and personalised medicine

Living and ageing well

Priority enablers of change

The solutions to the key issues facing our health and care system will rely on three enabling areas:

The NHS workforce

Public and patient involvement

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Impact stories

Impact stories

Supporting innovators to grow their business and tackle the healthcare scale-up challenge.

Scale-Up Academy

The Scale-Up Academy is an annual programme which brings together start-up leadership teams with specialist advisors and experts who coach them to develop high-impact commercialisation plans.

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Supporting care home residents remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Identifying deterioration remotely

We worked with care homes and partners across the region to pilot a digital solution using NEWS2 to share residents’ health information remotely with healthcare professionals.

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Assessing skin lesions with Skin Analytics teledermatology

Using teledermatology to improve skin cancer diagnosis referral

We piloted the Skin Analytics teledermatology service to allow primary care staff remote access to a dermatology consultant providing rapid assessment of lesions across Norfolk and Waveney.

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Reducing anxiety for children

Little Journey, big success

Little Journey is an interactive virtual reality app which reduces anxiety in children by allowing them to simulate a clinical setting before hospital visits for surgery or radiotherapy.

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Supporting best practice in the screening and treatment of atrial fibrillation

Reducing avoidable strokes across the east

Learn how we have been reducing avoidable strokes through better screening, diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation.

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24/7 family health and care support

Just One Norfolk for families

The Just One Norfolk website provides a 24/7 knowledge hub, helpline and community forum to support parents through pregnancy and beyond.

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Upgrading the pager across West Suffolk Hospital

Improving operational efficiency with Medic Bleep

Medic Bleep is an app that allows hospital and community staff to communicate in real time, sharing vital information and updates about patients accurately and safely.

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Health Innovation East is the new name for Eastern AHSN (from 1 October, 2023)

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