DigitalHealth.London is currently accepting applications for its flagship Accelerator program. The year-long program targets digital health companies with a product or service that has high potential to meet the current challenges facing the NHS and social care today, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and as detailed in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Digital health startups selected for the program will receive tailored support over a 12-months period. This support includes an assigned NHS Navigator, who has NHS clinical or service manager experience, a program of expert-led workshops as well as 1:1 advice sessions with digital health and NHS advisors, and the brokering of meaningful connections between startups and NHS organizations with specific challenges.

Applications for Digital.Health London’s Accelerator program close on Sep 12, 2021. Interested startups can apply here.

Digital products and services have provided vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so as the healthcare system moves forward into the subsequent recovery phase of the COVID-19 response. DigitalHealth.London has opened applications to their flagship Accelerator program for the next generation of digital health companies to transform health and care.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the NHS delivered program, funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund, has supported some of the biggest and most effective digital innovations now being used by the NHS in London. Companies including LIVI, Oxehealth, Patchwork Health, Echo, Sweatcoin, and Health Navigator have all been through the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator program.

Femtech startup Peppy Health participated in the program’s latest cohort. Dr Mridula Pore, Peppy CEO and Co-founder explains: “The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator has been instrumental in fostering the perfect environment for Peppy to grow in the NHS. The guidance we have been given, connections brokered with decision makers in NHS organizations and policy makers, and the support we have received from our NHS Navigator has all led to wonderful new opportunities and meaningful growth of our company. We are truly grateful for our Accelerator experience and would like to wish all companies applying good luck in what is a hugely competitive and valuable program.”

To date the Accelerator has supported 122 innovative digital health companies, with 411 additional contracts signed by those companies during Accelerator support. For every £1 spent on the program it is estimated over £14 is saved for the NHS. DigitalHealth.London is passionate about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the long-term success of innovation and transformation within the NHS. To date 15% of the companies supported have been founded by women, 22% have been owned by innovators who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic and 2% by a person with a disability. DigitalHeath.London continues to work to ensure the Accelerator program is diverse and encourages innovators who identify as being from a minority group to apply to the program.

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