DigitalHealth.London Accelerator

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DigitalHealth.London Accelerator applications open 2021

DigitalHealth.London are once again looking for the next generation of digital innovators to help transform health and care!

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 programme for the next generation of digital health companies to transform health and care.

Applications open on today (2 August 2021) for six weeks. The deadline for companies to apply is midnight Sunday 12 September 2021. For companies offered a place on the programme, support will begin in mid-January 2021.

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the NHS delivered programme, 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 programme.

Many of the digital products and services who have provided vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the response to COVID-19 have come through the Accelerator. From enabling remote GP appointments, to transforming NHS temporary staffing and patient facing self-management apps, the Accelerator has supported some of the best digital innovations now being widely used. The need for innovations to solve the problems which face the NHS as it continues to be under pressure and as it recovers from the pandemic, remains vital.

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 programme 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 per cent of the companies supported have been founded by women, 22 per cent have been owned by innovators who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic and two per cent by a person with a disability*. DigitalHeath.London continues to work to ensure the Accelerator programme is diverse and encourages innovators who identify as being from a minority group to apply to the programme.

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DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Jenny Thomas quote

Speaking about the programme, Jenny Thomas, Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said, “The last year and a half in the NHS has seen profound challenges but also incredible progress.”

“NHS Staff and patients have been introduced to new ways of doing things through digital health, and technology has enabled many key services to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“I am extremely proud of the companies and NHS organisations we have worked with and the role they have played during the pandemic and the vital roles I know they will continue to play as we start to look at supporting the NHS to recover.”

“I am very excited to announce the opening of applications to be part of the next cohort of innovators on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme – innovators who we will support in being part of this next, pivotal stage for our healthcare system.”

DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health. The programme is for digital health companies with a product or service that has high potential to meet the 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. It works with up to 20 SMEs over a 12-month period, giving bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges. The companies that are successful in getting onto the Accelerator programme are chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, involving expert NHS and industry panel assessments, interviews and due diligence checks.

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Join the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 101 Webinar


Join a discussion with the Programme Director, an NHS Navigator and some of the SMEs who have been supported by the programme on the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator 101 Webinar

4 August 12:30pm

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Three ways sensor technology could create healthcare equality and save lives

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Article provided by Cecilia Harvey, CEO, Hyve Dynamics

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed serious gaps in our healthcare service, and severe inequalities in the both the treatment and wellbeing of different demographics.

Sensor technology can help to bridge these inequalities: by providing much more equal access to basic healthcare services, by protecting the public as a whole, and by helping stabilise our global economy as a consequence. 

One of the reasons why I feel so privileged to be the CEO of Hyve Dynamics, is being part of a company creating technology which leads to healthcare equality, and helps save lives. Our patented sensor skin technology improves the precision of biometric health data - data which is wirelessly collected in real time. 

Imagine a world where there is:

  • Equal access to high quality healthcare services regardless of socio-economic status and geographic location

  • Quick deployment of mobile hospitals to service impoverished communities around the globe

  • Minimal healthcare capacity constraints for an aging population

  • Proactive treatment of mental and emotional health issues that can improve the quality of life for millions

Pandemic Recovery: A New Normal

As we tentatively enter the recovery phase of this global pandemic, sensor technology is a strategic enabler to help get employees back to work, students back in school, and consumers back to stores. Health and safety is the utmost priority in this process. Hyve Dynamic’s sensor technology allows for the proactive identification of many of the key symptoms and markers related to Coronavirus. These include, temperature, heart rate, respiration, blood oxygen levels, and stress and anxiety indicators, amongst others. 

These types of sensors are proving critical to both the testing and the treatment process. Through wireless delivery and remote monitoring capabilities, the ability to proactively alert and monitor in near real-time conditions when individuals start to exhibit symptoms will be critical for containing Covid-19 or any other severe, contagious pandemics. This type of proactive, real-time acquisition of critical health data is absolutely vital to save lives and contain future pandemics: events which our globalised economy is ever-more vulnerable to, and which both stimulate mass panic and can utterly overwhelm emergency services.

Healthcare: Improved Service and Lower Costs

For healthcare, sensor technology is a key component of improving quality, reducing costs, and providing more equal access to essential services. By improving remote monitoring and telemedicine capabilities, sensor technology could in turn significantly reduce ever-lengthening patient wait times.  This becomes more important with each passing year, as our aging population places ever more pressure on our already strained healthcare institutions.

Global Healthcare: Equal Access, Shared Resources

Remote health monitoring removes barriers to critical information access, and allows for the pooling and sharing of healthcare resources between developed and developing nations. For example, sensor technology can allow for individuals in the global south to receive remote medical monitoring from physicians, health and medical professionals from around the world. Furthermore, sensor technology can allow for the rapid deployment of mobile hospitals globally to support healthcare needs.

In all these respects, we imagine a world “Powered by Hyve”: one where, through our innovation and delivery, we are elevating societies, business and the lives of individuals through sensor technology.

Cecilia Harvey - CEO of Hyve Dynamics (1)About the author

Cecilia Harvey is the Chief Executive Officer of Hyve Dynamics. With over 20 years experience in finance and technology. Cecilia is an advocate for responsible technology leadership that seeks to inspire, elevate and disrupt global businesses and communities.

Graduating from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Cecilia was soon captivated by the energy of Wall Street and the lure of a career in banking. After working her way up in the banking industry, her roles have since included being the COO of Citigroup Markets and Securities Services Technology, and positions with Morgan Stanley, Barclays Capital and IBM.

Cecilia’s recent achievements include being featured in Forbes Magazine in 2019 as a leading lady in technology, a 2018 WeAreTechWomen TechWomen100 winner. Cecilia is also the founder and chair of Tech Women Today, a professional organisation focused on connecting and advancing women across various areas of technology.


The 2020 TechWomen100 Awards are noq open for nominations. Our awards focus solely on women working in tech below director level. We hope that by highlighting the accolades of up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent, we can help to create a new generation of female role models for the industry, and a pipeline of future leaders.


DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Programme

Call out to the next generation of digital innovation to transform health and care

•	DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme

Digital products and services are currently providing vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the response to COVID-19.

Today, DigitalHealth.London opens applications to their flagship Accelerator programme for the next generation of digital health companies to transform health and care.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the NHS delivered programme, 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. To date the Accelerator has supported 105 innovative digital health companies, with 160 additional NHS contracts signed by those companies. For every £1 spent on the programme it is estimated over £14 is saved for the NHS.

DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator aims to speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health. It works with up to 20 high potential SMEs over a 12-month period, giving bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges. The companies that are successful in getting onto the Accelerator programme are chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, involving expert NHS and industry panel assessments, interviews and due diligence checks. Companies that have a product or solution that is well-defined and are ready to start building their evidence base are likely to benefit the most from the type of support offered through the programme.

Through-out the 12 months the programme focuses on engagement with different elements of the health and care system. Company suitability is assessed based both on product maturity (meaning products that are ready to be trailed or bought that have high potential to meet NHS challenges) and on the company's capacity to benefit from the programme (meaning companies have enough time and staff to engage).

Speaking about the programme, Sara Nelson, Programme Director, DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said, “Never before has the need for the right digital innovations to be delivering for our NHS and patients been so profound."

"Digital health products are introducing new ways of doing things and enabling key services to continue where they might otherwise have been cancelled or postponed."

"We are extremely proud of the companies and NHS organisations we have worked with over the past five years."

"Today we are excited to accept applications for the next cohort of innovators."

"With the growing need for safe and effective digital innovations, we are looking forward to working with innovators and the many NHS staff and patients across London’s health and care sector who have recently been inspired by technology and it’s potential.”

Applications open on Monday 18 May 2020 for seven weeks. The deadline for companies to apply is midnight Sunday 5 July 2020. For companies offered a place on the programme, support will begin in November 2020.