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National & regional opportunity for digital health solution developers
Digital health businesses are being called upon to help solve NHS challenges with innovation as popular scheme expands across the contry.
SMEs across four UK regions can apply to join innovative regional digital health accelerators, which are being launched for the first time outside London, to help develop and deploy digital solutions to some of the most pressing challenges faced by the NHS.
The new scheme builds on the success of the London-based DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, and is being rolled out across Greater Manchester, East Midlands and South West England. Each accelerator will select companies with digital innovations that match NHS needs. The accelerators will ensure that thousands of people will benefit from latest technologies to improve their health and that high potential companies grow faster, supporting economic growth across the regions.
Previously, the digital health accelerator initiative had only operated in London, where it has supported the growth of technologies that include: a smartphone app that slashes A&E waiting times, a digital lifestyle management platform that can help reverse type 2 diabetes, and a “USB port for the body” that can host a bionic limb.
Building on this model, the successful SMEs in each new region will receive:
- One-to-one support from a designated “NHS Navigator”
- Specialist training
- Support with product development
- Opportunities to meet experts from business, clinical and government backgrounds
- Regular opportunities to showcase their products with NHS decision makers and influencers.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Friday 13 April 2018.
Greater Manchester based companies can find out how Health Innovation Manchester is supporting the programme here: www.healthinnovationmanchester.com/how-we-work/greater-manchester-digital-health-accelerator/
Juliet Bauer, Chief Digital Officer at NHS England, said: “In its 70th year the NHS continues to support the spread of cutting edge innovation, from championing specific innovations to supporting frontline clinicians to develop their services. This NHS initiative has already provided London patients with access to a range of exciting digital innovations, I look forward to seeing patients across the country benefit as more companies are supported to bring their innovations into the NHS.”
Hannah Harniess, Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said: “When SMEs with fantastic products can’t access the NHS, it is patients that miss out. We’ve seen time and time again that digital technologies can make a major difference and help the NHS save resource – whether its slashing waiting times in A&E or helping people to manage long term conditions and live healthier lives. By taking our successful model to four new locations across the country, we know we’ll meet even more incredible companies with innovative products that can help the NHS.”
Elliot Engers, CEO of DigitalHealth.London company Infinity Health, said: “Being a member of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator has been extremely valuable for us. As a direct result of the programme we have had the opportunity to meet with senior NHS stakeholders in London. Additionally, we have had the privilege of working with the most experienced health economists and researchers in the country, allowing us to better understand the impact Infinity has on clinical practice and the research methodology necessary to develop a robust evidence-base for our core product.”
The existing London-based programme has worked with 61 companies and provided 600 hours of support, helped secure 27 research collaborations, and supported companies to launch 25 new products. Additionally, alumni have secured more than £15 million in funding and 12 NHS contracts.
Companies interested in taking part should apply at: www.digitalhealthaccelerator.fluidreview.com
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