Meet the Innovator

    May 21, 2018

    Meet the Innovator

    In the first of our ‘Meet the Innovator’ series, we spoke to Asma Khalil, creator of the innovation ‘HaMpton’ (Home monitoring of hypertension in pregnancy). Asma currently works as a Consultant Obstetrician at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust.

    Asma Khalil, creator of the innovation 'HaMpton' (Home monitoring of hypertension in pregnancy).

    Tell us about your innovation in a sentence

    New care pathway involving the use of an app for monitoring high blood pressure at home, empowering expectant mothers to be involved in their own care.

    What was the ‘lightbulb’ moment?

    I was having a dinner with my friend who had a heart attack and he showed me at the restaurant that he can monitor his heart rate using an App.

    What three bits of advice would you give budding innovators?

    1. Do not give up
    2. Believe in yourself and your innovation
    3. Listen carefully for any feedback and think of it positively.

    What’s been your toughest obstacle?

    Finances. There are some small sources of funding that can make a big difference, like south London small grants, and I’d encourage people to take advantage of them. But finances are still the biggest challenge.

    What’s been your innovator journey highlight?

    2017 HSJ Innovation Award

    NIA Fellowship

    Finalist for the 2017 BMJ Innovation Award.

    Best part of your job now?

    The best part of any doctor’s job is when he/she helps someone who is suffering or could be going through a difficult/challenging time in their life.

    When I come across a pregnant woman who used my innovation and hear her feedback (without knowing that it is me behind it).  I realise that I made a difference to this women’s life and her family. It makes me realise that my efforts are worthwhile.

    If you were in charge of the NHS and care system, what’s the one thing you’d do to speed up health innovation?

    I would ensure that the NHS Hospitals have innovations at the Heart of their practice and potentially link innovation with financial incentives. I would also ensure that innovations are integral part of the hospital review/rating.

    A typical day for you would include..

    Looking after my patients and trying my best to provide the safest and the best possible care that they deserve. It is very rewarding to be proud of what you do.

    Find out more about HaMpton here.