This month, DigitalHealth.London welcomed 32 Health Tech SMEs onto their accelerator programme designed to help them better engage with the NHS. The pioneering, year-long Accelerator programme, aims to provide in-depth knowledge of the NHS to a cohort of high potential digital health SMEs. A dedicated team of skilled Digital Health (NHS) Navigators, from diverse clinical, science and business backgrounds, will work alongside the SMEs, helping them engage with healthcare experts, to understand and respond to the needs of the market and gain first-hand advice on products in development.

The launch event at Digital Catapult was attended by over 100 guests, and featured several high-profile speakers including Deputy Mayor Rajesh Agrawal; Medical Director at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, Dr Ian Abbs; and Director of Primary Care at NHS England, Dr Arvind Madan. The SMEs were invited to do a 60 second pitch of their idea and needs and the panel provided valuable feedback on their product and pitching skills.

119 companies initially competed for a place on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme. Over 60 senior NHS, commercial and technical experts assessed each company’s business credibility and the likely benefit their innovations could deliver at a pan-London level.

The 32 companies that make up the 2016 – 17 Accelerator programme cohort are:

11 Health & Technologies Ltd, Affigo, Breaking Free Online Limited, Circular Wave Limited, Cinapsis, Club Soda Limited, Cupris Health, DefinitiveDX, DrDoctor, Healthlogistics Limited, Helicon Health Limited, Inhealthcare, iPlato Healthcare Ltd, LiveSmart UK Ltd, Lumeon, MedicaliQ, Medopad, Meedoc, MedShr, Molecular Warehouse, mumoActive, myrecovery, Now Healthcare Group, OurPath, Oviva, Perfect Ward, Physitrack, Propeller (part of Selfless), Revere Care, Sense.ly UK, SIME Diagnostics and Written Medicine.

Jenny Thomas, Accelerator Programme Director, said:

“This is a completely new and innovative programme – the first of its kind in London – that works by engaging with businesses, the NHS and wider healthcare sector, to close the gap between product development and the uptake of new solutions within hospitals and other healthcare settings. We believe that our unique approach has the ability to help businesses engage with the NHS in the most efficient way.

“The companies we will support frequently talk about how complicated it can be to navigate and engage with the NHS, particularly finding the ‘right person to talk to’. We believe – and lots of the companies have told us – that the Accelerator has the ability to change this, and we are delighted to be giving our first cohort the chance to work with the NHS in a completely new way.”

The Accelerator sits within the DigitalHealth.London programme, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of digital health solutions in the heart of the capital. The Accelerator is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.