DigitalHealth.London unveils accelerator cohort
Written by Anthony Strzalek
Technologies including video-game rehabilitation, wearables for patients with chronic disease, and a ‘USB port’ for amputees, are among those which have been selected for the second cohort of DigitalHealth.London’s accelerator programme.
A total of 30 digital health companies have been accepted onto the programme, which aims to speed up adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health.
The first round of the accelerator saw DigitalHealth.London help 31 companies obtain 38 contracts with the NHS over the past 12 months.
A recent Populus Data Solutions survey of 2,000 UK adults found that the British public are keen to digitise their health. A third (33 per cent) said they are interested in having an implant in their body to monitor their health and 56 per cent would be happy for their confidential records to be shared via an encrypted system to support prevention, diagnosis and treatments, for themselves and the wider population.
The companies which make up the second cohort are: Aerobit; aparito; AT Technology Services; Babylon health; CBAS; Changing Health; QuiteGenius; DIMEC; Echo; eConsult; Egress; Infinity Health; Insource; Maldaba; Meddicle; Medefer; Messly; MIRA Rehab; My Clinical Outcomes; MyWay Digital Health; Project Andiamo; LivingWith; eRedbook; Skin Analytics; SmartMed; SuperCarers; SXT Health; TickerFit; Transforming Systems; and Zapsta Technologies.
Hannah Harniess, programme director at the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said: “With ever-increasing pressures on health and care services, the accelerator aims to lead companies into the complex world of NHS procurement; speeding up adoption of innovation and ensuring that patients benefit from emerging new technology, more rapidly.
“We are blown away by the success of the first cohort and our NHS Navigators are keen to get started with this next set of fresh, talented entrepreneurs.”
Deputy mayor of London for business, Rajesh Agrawal, added: “Health tech companies have long struggled to work with the complex, archaic health system and I’m extremely proud that our programme has taken some of this pain away.
“London is the digital capital of Europe and this convergence of tech and health means smarter ways for people to manage and improve their health, and a release of some of the burden on our hospitals.”