Children and Young People Remote Asthma Management Challenge SBRI Phase 1 Winners Announced

The Phase 1 Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) selection process for the Children and Young People Remote Asthma Management Challenge, funded by the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office has been successfully completed. The Challenge has been managed and administered by NHS Lothian, on behalf of the Health Innovation South East Scotland (HISES) Hub.

The challenge launched in October 2023 and attracted a wide range of innovative proposals from companies across the country with 2 innovative projects being funded to collaborate with Test Bed Research Partners. After a rigorous evaluation process, we are delighted to reveal that Red Star and QIoT, have been selected to move forward to Phase 1 of the competition.

Red Star will be collaborating with HISES as their Innovation Hub and QIoT will be working with the West of Scotland Innovation Hub, to develop and refine their approaches to remote asthma management for children and young people. This is an exciting time for all involved, and we look forward to working with both companies to support the development of their innovative solutions.

This innovation challenge focuses on several aspects of care of children and young people with asthma (5 to 18 years) with the main challenge looking at a new system that integrates with existing clinical systems to collect and process clinical data from the various sources (e.g., hospital, primary care, out of hours) and then enable a response to change the outcome for the at-risk individual.

In the long term we wish to see a reduction in the reliance of people with asthma on emergency care services, as signs of deterioration are met with a specific and focussed clinical response. We wish to see clinicians caring for children and young people with asthma spending the right amount of time with them to make a correct diagnosis, understand them and their condition, and to support them towards long-term effective self-management.

Phase 1 will launch on 6th May 2024 and will run for 3 months.

The HISES project working with Red Star will be led by Dr Kenneth Macleod, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician based at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in NHS Lothian. The clinicians from the West of Scotland working with QIoT will be Dr Ross Langley, Dr Morag Wilson, and Dr Elise Weir.

Red Star

Red Star have a highly configurable software platform deployed and under development in other clinical areas. It integrates with SCI-Store, Clinical Portal, and GP systems to extract coded data from EMIS/Vision and send letters back via EDT/ well as patient/relative-facing functionality.

We also have an established approach to developing ML algorithms in the Safe Havens.

Working with clinicians and patients, we will create designs for how a system for remote management of childhood asthma would look and what are the requirements for ML risk stratification.


Our ground-breaking project aims to transform the lives of children, and young people living with asthma through innovative technology. By harnessing the power of technology, we have developed a cutting-edge live remote asthma management solution. This platform empowers young asthma patients to take control of their health while providing healthcare professionals with real-time data for better-informed care decisions. Through personalised care plans, continuous monitoring, and seamless communication, our project seeks to revolutionise asthma care for Scotland’s youth, predicting and preventing serious attacks helping to enhancing their quality of life and overall well-being.