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32 SMEs win place on DigitalHealth.London accelerator programme

A range of companies will receive help to develop and innovate in the digital health sector

Thirty-two small and medium-sized (SMEs) digital health companies have been selected to take part in DigitalHealth.London’s first accelerator programme.

The programme, launched in March this year, aims to help companies get involved with clinicians to tailor products to the healthcare sector’s needs and navigate the complicated healthcare system. 

Under the programme, a team of digital health navigators will work with the SMEs to help them “understand and respond to the needs of the market and gain first-hand advice on products in development”.

There will be opportunities for the SMEs to showcase their technology to NHS trusts and learn how to deal with sensitive patient data.

Jenny Thomas, director of the accelerator programme, said the initiative was the first of its kind in London.

“With ever-increasing pressures on health and care services, our ambition is to speed up the adoption of innovations at scale, ensuring that greater numbers of patients benefit from emerging new technology more rapidly,” she said.

“The companies we will support frequently talk about how complicated it can be to navigate and engage with the NHS, particularly finding the right person to talk to. 

“We believe – and lots of the companies have told us – that the accelerator has the ability to change this, and we are delighted to be giving our first cohort the chance to work with the NHS in a completely new way.” 

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A total of 119 companies applied for a place on the programme and were assessed on their credibility and the “likely benefit their innovations could deliver at a pan-London level”, before the 32 “chosen ones” were announced today (12 September).

Companies to win a place on the programme include DrDoctor, which has developed a booking system that enables patients to book and cancel hospital appointments online or on a mobile, and Sense.ly, a virtual nurse mobile app that uses artificial intelligence. 

DigitalHealth.London was launched by life sciences minister George Freeman in February 2016, with the aim of bringing together industry, researchers, clinicians and healthcare providers to improve the uptake of digital technology in the NHS.

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