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SMEs selected for Yorks and Humber digital health accelerator

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Eleven SMEs have been selected for Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s digital health accelerator programme, Propel@YH.

The chosen companies all have innovations that can help NHS and social care organisations address some of the most pressing challenges including tackling health inequalities, improving their environmental impact, supporting the workforce and helping to manage the increasing patient backlog.

Now in its fourth year, Propel@YH will provide the selected SMEs with a six-month course of structured support and advice.

The programme is aimed at companies that already have a base in Yorkshire and the Humber or would be prepared to establish one to help create new local job opportunities.

It will also help to accelerate company growth and increase market presence.

This year’s cohort includes VIKO.ai ,a platform that supports patients to help themselves through digital self-service powered by artificial intelligence;

Careology, which provides digital support to cancer patients by connecting them to their clinical team and caregivers from the point of their diagnosis, throughout their treatment and into recovery;

And Recreo VR packages which are designed for care home residents and their carers helping them to relive past memories, create new ones and bring people together through shared experiences.

The accelerator will start on October 5, with the chosen companies legal, networking and environmental sustainability support from local partners.

Supporters such as Thrive by Design, ORCHA, YHEC and HMA will also support the selected companies by providing a series of masterclasses and Yorkshire & Humber AHSN will deliver 1-2-1 and group mentoring sessions.

The AHSN was set up by NHS England to operate as the key innovation arm of the NHS.

Dr Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN said:

“We’re excited to launch this programme again in 2022 with an increased focus on sustainability this year that has been encouraged by our latest sponsor, the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the chosen SMEs to receive expert advice and guidance from the AHSN and our key partners, so they can navigate the NHS market, increase their presence in the region and spread their innovations for the benefit of those living and working in Yorkshire and the Humber.

“Our work with innovator companies is a central element of our role as we seek to encourage health innovation and stimulate growth in life sciences and industry across our region.”

Rakeeb Chowdhury, founder of Hummingbirds Medical, who was part of last year’s cohort, commented:

“The Propel@YH programme helped me to see what the realistic next steps was for us, define a clear roadmap for the future and plan how we keep growing our business.”

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