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March 2020 DigitalHealth.London Newsletter

March has been a time of challenge and uncertainty for many of us. The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that digital innovation in healthcare is more important than ever in order to support the NHS, it’s patients and the hardworking staff on the frontline.
People all over the world are currently engaging with technology and specifically digital health products and services on a scale never seen before. Communication is essential during this period and DigitalHealth.London will continue to provide you with the latest updates and opportunities through these newsletters and through our Twitter. If you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Twitter to stay informed.
In other news, earlier this month we partnered with the Health Innovation Network (HIN) to run the Digital Revolution in Social Care Innovation Exchange. The event showcased local projects that are revolutionising health and social care, and introduced 10 digital innovations that address the pressures on adult social care. Check out HIN Programme Director Lesley’s blog for a summary of the day and information about all the innovations.
We are pleased to announce that the DigitalHealth.London Launchpad is opening for applications. The programme will help a select number of digital health innovators develop and launch new innovative digital health solutions targeting the NHS. Applications are open until 19 April 2020 23:59 – you can find out more and complete the application on our website.
This month we also say goodbye to our Programme Director Yinka Makinde who has been with the team since 2016. Yinka has shared a final blog reflecting on her time at DigitalHealth.London and the upcoming challenges for the digital health innovation sector. A reminder that if you want to get in touch with the team please email us on
Best wishes,
DigitalHealth.London Team

Four of the 11 Innovators on the NIA are Accelerator SMEs

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) has announced today the 11 high impact innovations joining the national accelerator in 2020. Four of the 11 innovators are DigitalHealth.London Accelerator companies; Health Navigator, Locum’s Nest, MyPreOp (Ultramed) and Safe Steps. At a launch event chaired by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for NHS England and NHS Improvement, the […]

Accelerator alumnus AccuRx launches new COVID-19 GP practice tools

DigitalHealth.London AccuRx
Over the weekend, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator alumnus AccuRx has launched two new tools for GP practices in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. AccuRx provides communications solutions for primary care, allowing practices to communicate with their patients effectively and efficiently, as well as collaborate as a team and coordinate care with other organisations. Up until now their […]

Digital Revolution in Social Care

Digital social care
Now is the time to embrace technology to enhance the quality and efficiency of social care delivery. The UK Government has stressed for years, the opportunities that digital and technological solutions offer public services. The 2018 Industrial Strategy ‘Innovation in age-related products and services can make a significant difference to UK productivity and individuals wellbeing’ […]

HSJ awards: Accelerator companies and Fellowship alumni finalists

DigitalHealth.London HSJ awards
Five DigitalHealth.London Accelerator company partnerships made it to the finals of the HSJ Partnership Awards, while two Pioneer Fellowship alumni were part of winning teams.

Ok Computer

Dr Joanna Hudson works in the Health Psychology Section of the Psychology Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience, King’s College London. She was one of 30 Fellows on the 2019-20 NHS Digital Pioneer Fellowship delivered by DigitalHealth.London. Here she writes for us about how the band Radiohead inspired her thinking about we use […]

Accelerator Alumnus Quit Genius raises $11 million in funding

quit genius digital health
Accelerator Alumnus Quit Genius has announced that it’s raised $11 million in Series A funding. Quit Genius was part of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 2017/18 cohort and is a mobile app that uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to change thought patterns around smoking – the psychological side to the addiction which can so often be neglected. […]

News and opportunities:
Blog: Yinka Makinde, Programme Director, says farewell and reflects on her four years at DigitalHealth.London.

Apply to be in the next DigitalHealth.London Launchpad Cohort. 

£25k of funding is being made available by NHSX through ‘Techforce 19’, for innovators who can find digital ways to support those who need help during COVID-19, including people requiring mental health support and those with social care needs. Find out more and apply.

NHSX call for feedback on Digital Health Technology Standard.

Accelerator SME, Tiny Medical Apps, call for teenagers with Asthma to help co-design NHS app.

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:
White Swan is a charity with a mission to improve the health of society through technology and analytics. Specifically focused on accelerating the path to diagnosis. We’ve utilised existing medical taxonomies and NHS data sets to fast track the training of our AI solution, saving precious charity funds for development of our app prototype – due to launch in Q3 2020.

Ask: Introductions to Healthcare Professionals with a particular interest in helping long term undiagnosed patients.


LifeBox standardises and optimises patient supplied information prior to surgery, by creating an efficient yet thorough digital pre-assessment tool to assist hospital staff and their patients before a hospital procedure. Following the introduction of the LifeBox digital assessment process we have seen 60% reduction in face-to-face appointments, 22,000 patients registered and 6 hospitals using LifeBox for their pre-assessment.

Ask: We’d love discussions with London and National NHS Trusts and help with integration into the NHS spine.

Patchwork’s tech-enabled bank service is transforming flexible working in healthcare. Patchwork also recently launched Patchwork Insights to give healthcare organisations power over their data. Patchwork kicked off the year with three exciting new trust partnerships: Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Ask: Introductions to healthcare organisations looking to transform or build their staff bank/temporary staffing function.

Phlo are a Digital Distance Pharmacy that delivers NHS and Private prescriptions directly to the patient, either by direct delivery door-to-door or via Royal Mail. With the spread of COVID-19, Phlo's service has experienced a significant increase in user numbers. In particular, we've seen demand from those most vulnerable in society as well as those affected by self-isolation and social distancing.  

Ask: To share the brand of Phlo to anyone that may need help.
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