Digitalhealth.London has kicked off its accelerator programme for small to medium enterprises wanting to get involved in the National Health Service. The organisation wants to help smaller suppliers develop digital healthcare systems that will move into mainstream health care.
The target is initially to work with 30 suppliers over a three year period. Digitalhealth.London will facilitate companies getting in front of healthcare professionals so it can tailor its offerings to the nuances of the NHS and how it works, reports Public Technology; there will be a particular focus on handling sensitive data.
No doubt there will be a number of concerns about the private sector’s role in health provision; it’s possibly worth clarifying that just about all of the NHS’ suppliers, including GP surgeries, are independent businesses in their own right. Whether there is always adequate oversight and accountability when it comes to the larger suppliers’ offerings is another debate.
The accelerator program is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust through a number of partners. It is part of the Innovate UK-backed Digital Catapult scheme.