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NHS England selects eight projects for second tranche of healthcare innovators

Latest projects in NHS Innovation Accelerator programme include IT platform for end-of-life care and text-based appointment booking system

Eight new healthcare innovators are to join NHS England’s NHS Innovation Accelerator scheme. 

The programme, established last year, supports local innovations to be adopted across the health service. The scheme is focused on challenges around prevention, early intervention and long-term condition management in healthcare. 

This year’s eight innovators include a web-based IT platform called Coordinate My Care, which aims to enable digital, multidisciplinary urgent care planning for end-of-life care, an online and text-based appointment booking system from DrDoctor, and an epilepsy self-management tool. 

Welcoming the latest innovators, NHS England CEO Simon Stevens said: “Healthcare worldwide is now fizzing with smart innovation.

“In the NHS, we are now taking practical action to develop and fast-track these new techniques into mainstream patient care.”

Other new projects in the scheme include a data-driven population health intelligence platform aimed at stopping unnecessary A&E admissions, and a joint mental health and police “street triage” response car.

NHS England’s national medical director, Bruce Keogh, who founded the programme last year, said the innovations “have the potential to deliver better value for the taxpayer”, while also ensuring patient interactions with the NHS are safer and “more personal”.

He added: “With rising demand and escalating costs, innovation is not an option but a necessity if we are to build a sustainable NHS.”

The accelerator programme is delivered in partnership with 15 Academic Health Science Networks, which facilitate and support the innovators as they look to roll out their projects across the country. 

The programme is part of the NHS’s Five-Year Forward View strategy, which aims to invest in technology to improve patient care and close gaps in service provision.

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