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Funding for community healthcare

Innovations in community healthcare have received a boost with the announcement of £25 million of research and development funding.

The Technology Strategy Board is to help pay for 22 projects that will take medical diagnosis, condition monitoring and care and analysis closer to patients.

Last year the board challenged British companies and researchers to develop innovations that could help to provide localised healthcare services and improve patients' quality of life.

The 22 successful projects will look at areas such as handheld sensors that quickly detect the flu virus, and portable systems for diagnosing infectious diseases in GP surgeries.

Other will provide point-of-care tests for the rapid diagnosis of haematological cancer, and novel photonics technology for use in assessment of dental disease.

Since August, the board has announced £70m of investments in 110 projects in cell therapy, material technologies for energy, high-value manufacturing, low-carbon energy technologies, advanced lighting and lasers, data protection and privacy, technologies for assisted living and, now, healthcare technologies.

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