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April 2020 DigitalHealth.London Newsletter

This month, digital innovations have continued to bring practical solutions and vital resources to the country's healthcare services as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
 
NHSX and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have announced the 18 digital solutions that have been awarded funding under the TechForce19 challenge. TechForce19 has awarded up to £25,000 each to innovation that offers a digital way to support vulnerable people who need to stay at home or need other help in the community for extended periods of time. We'd like to congratulate all of the companies involved, many of whom are DigitalHealth.London Accelerator companies past and present. 

We are very proud to recognise the support and response to this pandemic from our team, our partners and the innovators we work with. Whether it's offering discounted or free solutions to the NHS, to creating entirely new services or ways of doings things, we'd like to say thank you. We will continue to update you with all the latest news on our website, in these newsletters and through our Twitter - follow us .

We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and well at this time.
 
Best wishes,
 
DigitalHealth.London Team

18 winners of TechForce19 challenge announced

Tech19 coronavirus digital
People who are particularly vulnerable or isolated as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak could soon benefit from a range of innovative digital solutions selected as part of the TechForce19 challenge.
                   

Dr Julian: Free training for therapists during COVID-19

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Alumnus, Dr Julian, is offering free training sessions to mental health therapists to help them transition to working online during the current COVID-19 crisis.
                   

Locum’s Nest Launch COVID-19 Workforce Intelligence Navigator

Locum’s Nest, a DigitalHealth.London Accelerator alumnus, is enabling 30,000 UK clinicians to offer their additional services to the NHS during COVID-19 via their app.
                   

The ‘Virtual Physio’ app helping people at home during COVID-19

Virtual physio
TrackActive is a 'Virtual Physio' app helping people maintain their musculoskeletal health at home during COVID-19 and looking to provide free resources to GPs and patients.
                   

How Birdie is supporting the care sector during COVID-19

At the heart of a global pandemic, care professionals need support more than ever before, here’s what Birdie have been doing to help...
                   

Medicspot rolls out remote health diagnosis system

Medicpot
Accelerator SME Medicspot has announced that they are rolling out a health diagnosis system across the UK that allows GPs to assess patients remotely amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
                   

MyWay Digital Health: Helping people with diabetes stay safe during COVID-19

Diabetes COVID-19
David Garrell, Partnership Director at Accelerator Alumnus MyWay Digital Health Ltd., shares his personal reflection on COVID-19, and how his work and the MyWay Digital Health’s platforms can support NHS teams and help people living with diabetes to stay safe and well during this time.
                   

Trustedoctor: What we’re doing to support patients during COVID-19

Trustedoctor COVID-19
Lukasz Rzeczkowski, one of the original founders of Accelerator alumnus Trustedoctor, gives us an update on what the SME is doing to support patients during the current COVID-19 crisis…
                   


News and opportunities:

Launchpad Programme Update
Applications are now closed for the next DigitalHealth.London Launchpad Cohort. Successful innovators will be announced next month.

Call for reviewers
We are looking to build a diverse panel of expert reviewers to help us decide which companies to work with as part of the fifth cohort of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme.

This would require a total time commitment of approximately 4 hours in which panel members can review between 4-6 applications online. These reviews would take place between 13 July and 2 August.

If you are interested in joining our expert review panel and work in one of the following health and social care-related sectors (Clinical, Commercial, NHS Management, IT, Tech, Academia, Patient representation), please complete this short form to register your interest.

Events/Webinars:

Empowering Patients to Self-Manage
We are hosting a Virtual Innovation Exchange event with the Health Innovation Network on 21 May 8.30-10.30am, on the topic of digital solutions to support patients to self-manage.

If you're a health and care professional interested in attending, email karla.richards@nhs.net to secure your place.

If you're a company with a self-management platform you can apply to pitch at the event. Email karla.richards@nhs.net if you're interested or for more information.

 
Join our HTN Webinars
We are delighted to be partnering with the Health Tech Newspaper as part of their Digital Week in June to co-produce two webinars:
  • 17 June: DigitalHealth.London:Technology is Changing Behavioural Change
  • 18 June: DigitalHealth.London: Accelerating digi-health-tech
You can register for the webinar and others here.

Funding Opportunities and Support:

COVID-19 Competitive Grant Programme, Pfizer. Deadline: 22 May 2021 
Pfizer recognises the need for the rapid development of educational programs and trainings and the implementation of systemic best practices for COVID-19 management. As part of its commitment, it is releasing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide financial support for organisations producing independent educational programs and quality improvement initiatives designed to combat this evolving crisis. For more information click here

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19. There is no closing date 
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will support excellent proposals of up to 18 months duration which meet at least one of the following: a) New research or innovation with a clear impact pathway that has the potential (within the period of the award) to deliver a significant contribution to the understanding of, and response to, the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. b) Supports the manufacture and/or wide scale adoption of an intervention with significant potential. c) Gathers critical data and resources quickly for future research use. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Govt support for businesses
The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. Click for full details here.
This includes a package of measures to support businesses including:
  • A Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments
  • A Statutory Sick Pay relief package for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England
  • Small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • Grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank
  • A new lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms, helping them bridge coronavirus disruption to their cash flows through loans
The HMRC Time To Pay Scheme 
Check the business support website for answers to frequently asked questions

SME of the Week: Roundup
 
Every week, we put a spotlight on one of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator or Launchpad companies. Here's a roundup of this month's featured SME's:
 

 
Lifelight is a game changing technology created by xim Limited, that allows any smartphone or tablet device to measure blood pressure, pulse and breathing rate simply by a patient looking into the device’s built-in camera for 40 seconds. Completely contactless, with no additional hardware needed, it saves NHS staff time while improving patient experience.

Ask: Introductions to NHS Trusts for Lifelight First, intended for spot measurement of vital signs in clinical settings.

 
 

Tiny Medical Apps are the developers of the Digital Health Passport  – a Personal Health Record for young people with long term conditions, initially focused on asthma and allergies. The DHP supports care plans, remote symptom tracking and access to educational resources.

Ask: Introductions to STP decision makers interested in integration of Personal Health Records with LHCRs to improve outcomes for young people with asthma and allergies. Connecting with NHS teams developing medium term responses to COVID-19 e.g. telephone review supported by digital care plans and remote symptom tracking.


 

 
Ampersand Health is a social purpose company, founded by doctors and patients to improve the health and happiness of people with long term inflammatory conditions.

The company is pioneering the development of behavioural- and data-science based digital therapy for people with immune-mediated diseases like Crohn’s, Colitis, Arthritis and Psoriasis.

Ask: Introductions to stakeholders looking for remote monitoring solutions or longer-term solutions such as clearing the patient backlog and reducing hospital visits, particularly in Rheumatology and Gastroenterology.
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