Following the transformational impact of digital products and services on the healthcare sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, an accelerator programme has launched to help equip the next generation of digital health companies to build that even further.
DigitalHealth.London has opened applications to its flagship Accelerator programme, which has supported some of the biggest and most effective digital innovations being used by the NHS in London during the six years it has been in operation.
Companies including LIVI, Oxehealth, Patchwork Health, Echo, Sweatcoin, and Health Navigator have all been through the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme, alongside many of the digital products and services which have provided such vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the past 18 months.
From enabling remote GP appointments, to transforming NHS temporary staffing and patient facing self-management apps, the Accelerator has supported some of the best digital innovations now being widely used – with the need for innovations to solve the problems which continue to face the NHS remaining vital.
To date, the Accelerator has supported 122 innovative digital health companies, with 411 additional contracts signed by those companies during Accelerator support. For every £1 spent on the programme, the programme estimates over £14 is saved for the NHS.
Businesses committed to transforming the future of healthcare through digital innovation can now apply to become part of the programme.
Jenny Thomas, programme director of DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, says: “The last year and a half in the NHS has seen profound challenges but also incredible progress. NHS staff and patients have been introduced to new ways of doing things through digital health, and technology has enabled many key services to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am extremely proud of the companies and NHS organisations we have worked with and the role they have played during the pandemic and the vital roles I know they will continue to play as we start to look at supporting the NHS to recover. I am very excited to announce the opening of applications to be part of the next cohort of innovators on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme – innovators who we will support in being part of this next, pivotal stage for our healthcare system.”
Theo Blackwell, chief digital officer for London, says: “DigitalHealth.London’s influential Accelerator programme is helping London establish its place as one of the most exciting digital health and care hubs in the world. I am delighted to continue to support the Accelerator as it opens for applications again and I’d urge any digital health innovator who has a product or service that could support the NHS in this challenging time to consider joining this programme.”
Tara Donnelly, chief digital officer of NHSX, adds: “The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme is a key player in helping the NHS and social care to make the most of the opportunities digital technologies bring.
“This has never been more important as the NHS looks to recover from the pandemic and I look forward to seeing the next group of innovators bringing their solutions to London’s NHS.”