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DigitalHealth.London has selected twenty SMEs to join its flagship Accelerator programme delivered by the NHS. Health Tech World hears from some of the companies that will join the 2020/21 programme.

According to DigitalHealth.London, the companies selected for the Accelerator 2020/21 programme are developing digital solutions or services that have the highest potential to meet London’s NHS and social care challenges.

The programme saw an increase in the number and average score of the applications, making it the most competitive selection process since the programme began.

Successful applicants include companies developing patient self-management tools, femtech products, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge machine learning solutions. DigitalHealth.London said this group of twenty digital health innovators is set to transform key aspects of health and social care in London and beyond.

Jenny Thomas, programme director at DigitalHealth.London, said: “We are delighted to announce today the 20 digital health SMEs on our fifth DigitalHealth.London Accelerator cohort. After what was the most competitive selection process yet, it is clear that digital health in London is rapidly growing and supporting patients and our NHS and social care services.

“This year has been a defining moment for digital health as it has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and will continue to be part of our country’s recovery in the months and years ahead. These 20 SMEs are all ones to watch and we look forward to working with them and playing our part in supporting the NHS and social care through digital transformation.”

The accelerator is now in its fifth year and has supported a number of digital innovations that are now used by the NHS. In the past several months, as the healthcare sector has battled the coronavirus pandemic, many of the accelerator’s alumni have provided digital solutions to support and provide capacity to the NHS.

Over a 12-month period, members of the programme are offered support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events, and opportunities to build connections with NHS organisations facing specific challenges.

One of the companies that has been selected for the programme is Feebris, which has developed devices that use AI and machine learning to detect health deterioration. The company hopes the technology will support clinical decision-making and allow for more accurate triage and earlier intervention.

Speaking to Health Tech World, Adam Bacon, Co-Founder & COO at Feebris, said: “[Feebris] enables a greater level of care in the community, which reduces the burden on our stretched healthcare systems.”

“This has never been more critical than during COVID-19 with lockdown and distancing measures in place and healthcare capacity even more overwhelmed. During the pandemic we’ve supported 20 care homes and GPs to provide community triage and remote monitoring for elderly residents, which has ensured that they can receive the care they need more quickly, whilst remaining in a safe environment.”

Another successful applicant working within the field of AI is Vantage Health which aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS. The company has developed an AI-powered solution called Rego which helps GPs and dentists direct patients to the best care option by automating pathways.

David Ezra, co-founder of Vantage Health, said: “DigitalHealth.London’s flagship Accelerator programme is the leading digital health programme out there, so we’re thrilled to be selected. Vantage Health is rooted in transforming the way healthcare is delivered. Now more than ever, the NHS needs efficient solutions that work, so we’re looking forward to the guidance and expertise we’ll glean through the Accelerator programme – and in helping shape the future of London’s healthcare.”

Also joining the programme is Mendelian, a company working to improve clinical care through earlier diagnosis of rare diseases. The company estimates that in the last ten years, undiagnosed rare disease has cost the NHS £3.4 billion due to unnecessary appointments, investigations, travel to specialist centres and misdiagnoses.

Rudy Benfredj, Co-Founder and CEO at Mendelian told Health Tech World: “Our software, MendelScan, uses state-of-the-art technology, data capture and the latest medical knowledge to shorten the diagnostic odyssey, enabling earlier and more accurate diagnosis for more people living with rare diseases as well as helping to reduce unnecessary referrals, appointments and investigations – creating a better experience for patients and a more efficient NHS.”

The full list of SMEs selected for the 2020-2021 DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme are:

  • ART Healthcare Software – psHEALTH’s software enables efficient processing of patient referrals, improves capacity planning and patient access.
  • Concentric Health – A digital consent application, with remote consent functionality.
  • Feebris – An Artificial Intelligence powered platform that enables carers to conduct high quality check-ups in communities, triage health issues proactively, and escalate concerns to clinician.
  • Bleepa® – Feedback Medical’s CE marked digital medical imaging communications tool that enables clinicians to view and discuss patient cases at the touch of a button.
  • FibriCheck – A certified solution for symptomatic/known Atrial Fibrillation (AF) patients, and a cost-effective, scalable detection tool for asymptomatic/intermittent patients.
  • getUBetter – An evidence-based, CE marked, digital self-management platform for all common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
  • EXi – An app that analyses user’s health and prescribes a personalised physical activity plan.
  • Mendelian – A software solution that supports earlier diagnosis of rare diseases.
  • Odin Vision – An Artificial Intelligence enabled applications for endoscopy and aids endoscopists to detect and characterise polyps during colonoscopy procedures.
  • Oxehealth – A contact-free vision-based patient monitoring platform for use across inpatient and residential care facilities.
  • patientMpower – Remote monitoring application across a range of pulmonary conditions, including pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant and COVID-19.
  • Patients Know Best – A platform that allows patients and professionals to access healthcare records – anytime, anywhere.
  • Peppy Health – App that provides health support through life’s big transitions, such as becoming a parent, going through the menopause or going through a fertility journey.
  • Phlo Digital Pharmacy – A rapid on-demand same-day pharmacy delivery service empowering patients to better manage their healthcare.
  • Regimen – A digital therapy for the 30% of men struggling with erectile dysfunction.
  • S12 Solutions – An app and website which helps Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs) and s.12 doctors to efficiently complete Mental Health Act (MHA) processes.
  • Solutions 4 Health – A CQC registered provider of both lifestyle and clinical services using artificial intelligence, digital health and clinical healthcare.
  • Vantage Health – An Artificial Intelligence platform that transforms the referral process by helping clinicians to direct patients to the best care, based on pathway guidance.
  • PocDoc – A digital platform and associated tests from Vital Signs Solutions that allow individuals to test themselves for major diseases using their smartphone, with results available immediately, see a full health assessment and have access to follow on care where required.
  • VUI Diagnostics – A plug and play retinal screening device and companion software for simple, affordable and accurate retinal screening.

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