Healthcare has taken what can be considered a huge leap as the sector turns to space technology for innovative solutions to improve quality of care. A new joint initiative between NHS England and the UK Space Agency aims to find hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary year. These challenges are: Managing long-term conditions including joining up health and care services Earlier diagnosis of cancer Transforming GP services and other primary care Meeting mental health needsThe UK Space Agency has announced a funding of up to 4 million for this joint undertaking. Innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space, from exploration to satellite communications, into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.

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