30 digital health companies have been selected for the second cohort of DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator Programme.
The programme launched last year and was designed to help speed up adoption of technology by the NHS across London, helping to relieve pressure on services and enable patients to better manage their health. Over the past 12 months the Accelerator has supported 31 companies obtain 38 contracts with the NHS.
Previous companies on the cohort saw NHS Trusts across London adopt various technologies which can help reduce financial burdens, increase patient care, help patients monitor their health and more.
Companies selected for this year’s cohort include data management specialist Insource who will help healthcare providers in London adopt and accelerate digital enablement; patient monitoring company aparito who use wearables and apps to help patients monitor their health; asthma management platform aerobit; Mira Rehab, a company focusing on using video-games to aid with physiotherapy and many more.
Graham Bennett, healthcare director at Insource, commented, “The Accelerator programme enjoys a unique reach and level of engagement, and is well regarded as a leading component in the digital transformation of the NHS, with a specific focus on London. This type of network is not only essential to technology companies such as us, but the wider sector and the teams within the NHS itself, helping them see the art of the possible within the impossible.”
Hannah Harniess, programme director, 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, said: “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.”