DigitalHealth.London is a collaborative programme delivered by MedCity, and London’s three Academic Health Science Networks – UCLPartners, Imperial College Health Partners, and the Health Innovation Network.
It is supported by NHS England (London) and the Mayor’s Office. The programme was set up in response to the London Health Commission’s recommendation to put London at the centre of the global revolution in digital health by creating a “digital health hub”: a marketplace where digital health solutions are traded, and a favourable environment for industry to do business in.
We support the Digital Health ecosystem in four key ways:
1. We bridge the skills gap, building knowledge, insight and capability for health and care providers and commisioners.
For the health sector to take advantage of the digital and data agenda, the right skills are needed in the NHS, social care and across the system. We do this by providing training events including the NHS Digital Pioneer Fellowship.
“100% of the fellows surveyed were confident that being part of the Fellowship was of benefit to their career.”
The NHS Digital Pioneer Fellowship programme supports annually up to 30 ‘change makers’ employed by NHS organisations in London to design and lead transformation projects underpinned by digital innovation.
2. By building an innovation-friendly environment, supporting innovative businesses, both large and small, and both local and overseas.
DigitalHealth.London is working hard to establish a joined-up support infrastructure across London. This has already provided assistance to 94 high potential digital health innovators through the flagship DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme.
DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator provides support for companies to offer their products and services to the NHS, improving healthcare for all.
“For every £1 spent by the NHS (via AHSNs) on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, £14.60 is returned in some way through the implementation of a digital solution “
3. Through global engagement, attracting best-of-breed digital health innovators to the capital as well as helping home-grown digital companies establish a presence in international markets.
With the UK’s position on the global stage set to evolve after March 2019, London’s role in continuing to attract investment into the local economy is ever more critical.
DigitalHealth.London is active in helping to position the city as a global hub for digital health innovation and opportunities, such as the UK Israel Dangoor Health Initiative.
“With the enormous increase in computer power and recent breakthroughs in our understanding in genetics, we are absolutely at the threshold of a healthcare revolution and I’m hoping that Israel and the UK will be at the forefront of that, hand-in-hand.”
David Dangoor, sponsor of the initiative
DigitalHealth.London is playing a key role in delivering the UK Israel Dangoor Health Initiative, a new programme aimed at connecting Israeli start-ups in the digital health field with the NHS in the UK. The programme is a collaboration of four partners – UK Israel Tech Hub, Dangoor Education, IBM AlphaZone and DigitalHealth.London.
4. By bringing communities together, to gain insight into the real issues, concerns, and needs amongst our stakeholders.
As early as Autumn 2016, DigitalHealth.London hosted its first round-table dedicated to the topic of evidence generation, with a specific focus on mental health. This discussion engaged key stakeholders and decision-makers from NHS England; the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE); Public Health England (PHE); Office for Life Sciences (OLS); commissioners; academia; MedCity; as well as representation from the private sector and the citizen voice.
The aim was to gain clarity on the various strands being led by stakeholder organisations linked to evidence and evaluation of digital solutions, and to explore possible synergies and next steps for developing and translating this work into ‘products’ and tools of practical use to both the innovator and commissioner communities. Fast-forward 18 months to April 2018. and DigitalHealth.London hosted its annual summit themed around the topic of evidence supporting the adoption of digital therapeutic solutions. The summit brought together 200 implementers and decision makers from NHS providers and commissioners, suppliers and policy makers. This shone a light on some of the best examples of evidence-based solutions, and the realities of achieving that status.
What followed was an invitation to join a multi-stakeholder steering group led by NHS England and NICE for the development of the recently launched [December 2018] NICE Evidence Standards Framework for Digital Health Technologies.
Leaders and Experts in Digital Health
Our people are made up of a diverse skill sets from across the digital health ecosystem, including clinicians, technologists, and entrepreneurs.
Need help and support navigating the Digital Health Ecosystem? We have you covered
Whether you are a clinician or commissioner in the NHS, an entrepreneur in a startup or from industry, DigitalHealth.London has the content to answer your questions about Digital Health.
Podcasts provide focused support from key experts throughout the network, including expertise from our events.
Our webinars focus in on key areas of support or known challenges facing stakeholders across our network.
Examples and best practice of leading and implementing digital health innovations, to support learning.
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