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20 companies to transform the NHS, invitation to urgent and emergency care event, and a new proposal for the NHS to fund startups?
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September went by in a flash, and winter looms ahead, as our flagship Accelerator says farewell to cohort three and welcomes cohort four into the fold. The 20 companies embarking on the 2019-20 programme align with key themes outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, and cover areas such as cancer, ageing, and access to services. Meet them below.

Looking back on the Accelerator’s three years so far, we recognised the achievements of companies at the first-ever DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Awards, presented by Tara Donnelly, Theo Blackwell, and Pam Garside. It was fantastic to learn how far the companies have come and about the impact they've had on the NHS; read who got the top prizes in our announcement below.

For companies looking for future support, the next few months offer rich opportunities. Why not check out the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) and AHSN Network’s offers for innovators? The NIA is open for applications until 23 October, whilst the newly launched AHSN Innovation Exchange Digital Gateway is specifically designed to help innovators – at any stage -  progress their business.

Finally, we’re inviting NHS staff working in Urgent and Emergency Care to our joint event with the Health Innovation Network, where we’ll explore digital solutions that could transform these services. We are aiming to generate discussions between commissioners, providers and innovators. Sign up if you're keen to learn more; we'd love to see you there.

- The DigitalHealth.London team

20 new digital health care innovators set to transform the NHS

The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator has announced the 20 new digital health care innovators to be supported by the 2019-20 programme. Now in its fourth year, the Accelerator supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) accelerate the adoption of digital health innovations into the NHS each year.

DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Awards recognise business growth, NHS impact, and contribution to the programme

The first-ever DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Awards were open for nominations from past and present Accelerator companies, with winners chosen by independent judges Tara Donnelly, Theo Blackwell, Ian Abbs, and Emmi Nicholl. The categories recognised high business growth, positive impact on the NHS, and strong engagement with the Accelerator programme.

Wanted: Communications Manager for our world-leading Accelerator

Calling aspiring Communications Managers: are you passionate about the potential of digital technology in the NHS? Are you looking for the next step in your career by leading communications strategy and delivery for a world-leading NHS digital health accelerator? We're looking for our next hire!

“Lifelight” contactless vital signs tool being tested for use in mental health settings

Xim’s Lifelight technology allows completely contactless measurement of three vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure and respiration) in just 40 seconds using the camera built into a standard tablet device. It aims to make the process less distressing for mental health staff and patients, supporting them build their confidence in physical health assessments, and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.

New study finds SkinVision detects 95% of skin cancer

An international group of researchers working with Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in the Netherlands has found that DigitalHealth.London Accelerator company SkinVision – the first CE-marked skin cancer application based on extensive clinical trials – has a sensitivity of 95.1% in detecting the most common forms of skin cancer.

The games people play in health

Whilst studying towards an Executive MBA at London Business School, Tal Mahmud came across the principles of Game Theory, a theoretical framework for competing players to make optimal decisions. Now a GP at Hiyos / Firstcare Practice, Tal reflects how, whether consciously or subconsciously, and to varying levels of strategic importance, we all play games in our personal and social lives.

From sofa to surfing – digital psychotherapy for people affected by the Grenfell Fire

Have you ever had an idea that you knew was going to help people but struggled to get others on board? This is one of the main challenges that Saquib Ahmad, Senior Psychotherapist at the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service faces as he creates a digital pathway in a historically ‘analogue’ service. In this blog, he reflects on how others in his position can overcome the struggle to get people on board.   

“NHS Ventures” (a modest proposal)

Back in 2015, Stephen Bourke's dad suggested that he should ask the NHS to invest in his company, Echo. He laughed at the notion and told him that they'd never get past the politics. But four years later, having run the fundraising gauntlet several times, this answer doesn’t seem good enough. The mission is too pressing, too important, says Stephen. 

Three things the NHS could learn from the USA

Vishaal Virani has spent the last few months navigating the US health system, which has made him more deeply appreciate how the NHS has implemented its single-payer system across the UK. However, there are also valuable things that he thinks the NHS could learn from the US, particularly when it comes to innovation.

AHSNs pledge to do more to encourage equality and diversity in healthtech

A new report highlighting the case for increased diversity in innovation in the NHS, featuring several DigitalHealth.London Accelerator innovators and staff, has been launched by the AHSN Network today. The report shares the stories of innovators from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and sets out pledges by the AHSN Network to support diversity in innovation.

Innovating in Urgent and Emergency Care

Calling NHS staff working in Urgent and Emergency Care: join our joint Innovation Exchange event with the Health Innovation Network, exploring the solutions that could transform urgent and emergency care services.

Apply to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is currently looking for individuals representing high impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the commitments laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan. For its 5th call for applicants, the NIA will select up to 12 new Fellows.

Could your innovation change the NHS?

The AHSN Network has launched the Innovation Exchange gateway, a new digital gateway for innovators, streamlining access to vital support from teams of experts across the country who can help companies deliver innovations that improve health and wealth for the NHS and care sector.

Pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients

Seven new data hubs to be rolled out across the UK to speed up research for new medicines, treatments, and technologies that support quicker diagnoses and save lives. The hubs will connect and analyse health data from existing locations and in partnership with the NHS, ensuring data is kept safe and secure.

Digihealth Leaders Congress

We are partnering with LSX to bring together 300+ leaders from the global digital health ecosystem, including government, technology experts, pharma and innovators, to create a forum to share ideas on how the sector can master the challenges that lie ahead. For a 20% discount on tickets, delegates can use the code DigitalHealth.London20

News and opportunities from elsewhere:

Call for mentors. Could you help guide a healthtech startup on their journey to transform innovations into solutions? We're inviting clinical and non-clinical professionals to apply to become a DigitalHealth.London Accelerator mentor - is this you?

NHS England will create a new “innovation greenhouse” to accelerate uptake of technology. Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) will gain easier access to the latest technologies to transform how they deliver care under new plans, writes

Some period tracking apps have been exposed for sharing medical data with Facebook. Privacy concerns are raised as a new study from Privacy International finds some women’s health apps are sharing information without consent. Read the full report.

Boots UK will pilot a new video GP service provided by former DigitalHealth.London Accelerator company LIVI to help make access to healthcare easier, reports Health Tech Newspaper. The pilots will take place in North West Surrey and a private service in the London Liverpool Street store.

Government to invest over £130 million in new tech to tackle cancer and debilitating illnesses. Thousands of NHS patients could receive faster diagnosis and better treatment for life-changing diseases like cancer, dementia and Parkinson’s, says the announcement made on

Two more hospital trusts announce shared boss, reports HSJ. The move marks the second largest pair of organisations to have a single chair, after the announcement earlier this year that the chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ FT would also run the board of neighbouring King’s College Hospital FT. Read the full story in HSJ.

Funding available for SMEs. Dust off those digital health innovation ideas and explore funding support available to get you started on your journey. 
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