DH.L Evidence Generator

What is the DH.L Evidence Generator

The DH.L Evidence Generator has been designed to facilitate engagement between digital health small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and academics to support the generation of independent evidence to inform and support implementation and rollout. It is sponsored by DigitalHealth.London (DH.L) together with the Health Innovation Network South London (HIN) and MedCity.

Our objectives include:

  • development of a better understanding of the research and evaluation needs of digital health innovators and to develop rapid, practical and effective solutions to help meet these needs
  • provision of ready access to appropriate research expertise, advice on NHS research governance arrangements and health research infrastructure
  • identification of existing research advisory and support services within the member organisations and elsewhere.
  • development of mechanisms to facilitate the rapid delivery of approvals and permissions appropriate to the specific requirements of digital health applications.
  • development of recommendations regarding governance arrangements for digital health.
  • development of mechanisms to ensure that there are benefits for all the different parties engaging with the DH.L Evidence Generator, including patients.

The DH.L Evidence Generator is being developed as an iterative process coinciding with the passage of third cohort of digital health SMEs through the DH.L Accelerator (DHLA) from July 2018 to June 2019 and based on their evidence generation needs. It aims to make human and other resources available via partner organisations and/or research studentships.



How do I sign up to the DH.L Evidence Generator


A registry will be established to include individuals with expertise in a range of research methodologies, not limited to clinical trials regimes, as well as skills in extracting and analysing user data from digital applications.

DH.L is co-ordinating the establishment and maintenance of the registry supported by MedCity and the HIN together with a network of partners from key academic and research organisations within London. Active engagement is also sought from patient groups such as PPI Research Advisory Panels, volunteer health organisations and members of the public and via the network of partners.



Respondents are invited to join the DH.L Evidence Generator registry and to make themselves available to provide expertise and other support for digital health evidence generation. In return, the DH.L Evidence Generator will offer them unrivalled opportunities to engage with the best digital health innovators in the capital and with their cutting-edge technologies.  They will also have opportunities to develop impact case studies for the REF and to support students’ experience and learning on ‘real world’ issues, and to attend a rich mix of meetings, seminars and research speed dating events.


In conjunction with the establishment of the registry, mechanisms will be developed with the Digital Health.London Accelerator (DHLA) team to make it possible for the DH.L Evidence Generator expert registrants register to engage in the delivery of digital health evidence generation services to the DHLA Cohort 3 SMEs. Services are likely to include:


1. Expertise in appropriate research and evaluation methodologies:

The DH.L Evidence Generator will deliver information and access to a “mixed economy” of expertise in relevant research and evaluation methodologies, including a research proposal assessment service.

2. Programmed opportunities for SME engagement and access to case studies

The DH.L Evidence Generator will deliver a range of programmed opportunities for SME engagement with experts through workshops, meetings and conferences. It will also provide online and real-world access to examples of good practice in digital health evidence generation.

3. Ready access to advice and support for data management

The DH.L Evidence Generator will provide information and access to expertise about data management (especially in relation to GDPR) for evidence generation. This will include data generated by the apps themselves, NHS data of relevance, and data collected specifically for research purposes.

4. Ready access to suitable digital clinical collaborators and champions

The DH.L Evidence Generator help to identify networks of clinicians and clinical teams with interest, expertise and experience of implementing digital solutions

5. Advice and support in accessing suitable funding sources:

The DH.L Evidence Generator will develop an interactive and up to date list of relevant funding sources. This practical toolkit will include information about timescales and provide examples of the kinds of projects suitable for each funding stream.

6. Ready access to advice and support for governance and NHS permissions

The DH.L Evidence Generator will draw on its registry of experts in order to provide information and practical advice about timely, “good enough” solutions for securing governance and NHS permissions for digital health evidence generation.