• Digital health hub to work with SMEs in order to drive innovation in the NHS

A digital accelerator programme has been set up to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to create products and services for the health sector.

The scheme has already selected 32 SMEs to take part in the programme being run by DigitalHealth.London – which itself was set up in response to the London Health Commission’s recommendation that there should be a digital health hub in the capital.

Launched in February of this year, DigitalHealth.London is bringing together researchers, clinicians and healthcare providers. The accelerator programme, the first of its kind in London, aims to help businesses create products and services that meet the needs of the sector, and can navigate the complex structure of the NHS.

Professor Keith McNeil, chief clinical information officer at NHS England, said: “Digital innovation has the power to directly enhance patient care, improve the sustainability of our systems and transform the way people access NHS services and manage their own health.

“We are already seeing the benefits to patients and NHS staff as we harness the potential of smart technology and we are investing hundreds of millions to move faster in realising such benefits across the entire health and social care system.”

It is hoped that the programme will increase the take-up of healthcare technology among patients and practitioners across London.