Sanome, an AI company specializing in developing early warning systems for health deteriorations and improvements, has been awarded an i4i FAST grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The grant will be used to support Sanome as they build predictive models based on routinely collected clinical data and electronic health records (EHRs) to identify a patient’s future risk of hospital-acquired conditions.

Hospitals use established early warning systems to monitor patient deteriorations, however, these are often based on a limited set of data points and generally provide a limited view of a patient’s health. Sanome uses a wide set of data points to predict the future risk of developing one of these conditions, providing a more comprehensive overview.

Sanome has already validated its algorithms on historical data sets, including UK Biobank, and was recently published in Nature Scientific Reports. The company is currently working with multiple hospitals to develop an early warning system for hospital-acquired conditions. As part of the grant, Sanome will work with one of these hospitals to use historic data and build a predictive model.

Patients were consulted during this research design process to give valuable input, and the outcome will enable the predictive model to be included in a current patient monitoring trial at the two hospitals. If successful, Sanome’s technology could be used to detect these conditions earlier and potentially reduce hospital stays, ultimately saving money.

The grant has been awarded as part of NIHR‘s Innovation for Invention (i4i) scheme, which provides funding for the development of innovative medical technologies. The project runs over two phases, with completion enabling the data to be included in current patient monitoring at the two hospitals.

“We are incredibly grateful to receive this grant from NIHR’s i4i scheme,” said Benedikt von Thüngen, Founder & CEO of Sanome. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to develop a predictive model for hospital-acquired conditions using real-world data and validate our technology. Ultimately, we hope to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs as a result.”

The mission of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. They do this by:

  • Funding high quality, timely research that benefits the NHS, public health and social care;
  • Investing in world-class expertise, facilities and a skilled delivery workforce to translate discoveries into improved treatments and services;
  • Partnering with patients, service users, carers and communities, improving the relevance, quality and impact of our research;
  • Attracting, training and supporting the best researchers to tackle complex health and social care challenges;
  • Collaborating with other public funders, charities and industry to help shape a cohesive and globally competitive research system;
  • Funding applied global health research and training to meet the needs of the poorest people in low and middle income countries.

The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care. Its work in low and middle income countries is principally funded through UK Aid from the UK government.


London – MAY 2023 [NIHR206107 i4i Programme]

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