One of 20 innovative health SMEs poised to meet London’s NHS and social care challenges
Leading healthcare technology company, Vantage Health (vantage.health), has been selected for the 2020-21 DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme (digitalhealth.london). One of 20 digital health SMEs selected for the 12-month programme, the DigitalHealth.London 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. For every £1 spent on the Accelerator programme, it is estimated £14.50 is saved for the NHS*.
About DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme
Now in its fifth consecutive year, the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator works with up to 20 high potential SMEs over a 12-month period, providing bespoke support and advice, a programme of expert-led workshops and events, and brokering meaningful connections between innovators and NHS organisations with specific challenges.
Each SME is assigned an NHS Navigator, an experienced professional from the NHS with the expertise to share advice on products in development, NHS navigation and business models. Support focuses on areas specific to individual companies’ needs and may include helping to refine products to meet NHS need, showcasing innovations in health facilities and market access and navigation.
The companies successful in getting onto the Accelerator programme have been chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process, involving expert NHS and industry panel assessments, interviews, and due diligence checks. This year saw an increase in the number and average score of the applications, making it the most competitive selection process since the programme began four years ago.
The NHS delivered programme – which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund – has supported some of the most effective digital innovations now being used by the NHS. Many of the digital products and services currently providing vital innovation, support and capacity to the NHS during the response to Covid-19, have come through DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator programme.
Why has Vantage Health been chosen?
Vantage Health provides technology-driven solutions to the NHS as part of its mission to help transform the way healthcare is delivered. With a 12-year heritage, Vantage Health delivers outpatient transformation using a new tailored AI-powered solution – Rego – that helps GPs and dentists direct patients to the best care option by automating pathways. The first eRS compatible solution to be deployed in the NHS, Rego provides automated GP referrals in one efficient system, which reduces the complexity of outpatient pathway guidance and eliminates manual triage processes.
Other digital health innovators in this year’s DigitalHealth.London Accelerator cohort include patient self-management tools, femtech, digitising NHS processes and cutting-edge machine learning.
David Ezra, co-founder of Vantage Health, says: “DigitalHealth.London’s flagship Accelerator programme is the leading digital health programme out there, so we’re thrilled to be selected. Vantage Health is rooted in transforming the way healthcare is delivered, using technology and AI to help GPs and dentists direct patients to the best care options. Now more than ever, the NHS needs efficient solutions that work, so we’re looking forward to the guidance and expertise we’ll glean through the Accelerator programme – and in helping shape the future of London’s healthcare.”
Jenny Thomas, programme director at DigitalHealth.London, says: “This year has been a defining moment for digital health as it has been at the forefront of the Covid-19 response and will continue to be part of our country’s recovery in the months and years ahead. Vantage Health joins 19 other SMEs all of whom are ones to watch. We look forward to working with them and playing our part in supporting the NHS and social care through digital transformation.”
Tara Donnelly, chief digital officer at NHSX, adds: “The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator is part of a digital revolution in the NHS that continues rapidly to develop, and we will continue to support innovative organisations delivering ground-breaking work. This programme has established itself as an important player in supporting the NHS and social care to make the most of the opportunities digital healthtech offers.”
The full list of SMEs selected for the 2020/21 DigitalHealth.London accelerator programme
can be found here.
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About Vantage Health & Rego
Vantage Health provides technology-driven solutions to the NHS as part of its mission to help transform the way healthcare is delivered. With a 12-year heritage, Vantage Health delivers outpatient transformation using a tailored, AI-powered solution – Rego – that helps GPs and dentists direct patients to the best care option by automating pathways.
The highly experienced team works closely with local commissioners and clinicians to integrate care pathways into the Rego platform in four stages:
- The first step in transforming outpatient services is about gaining a thorough understanding of local care pathways and the depth and breadth of services that are available.
- These are then mapped to national pathways and best practice, before clinically led decisions are made on the best options for patients in a given area.
- Once pathways are defined, they are then programmed into the software and run in the background guiding GPs through the various options for each patient, based on their unique circumstances, so that they can refer at the touch of a button.
About the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme
The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator was the first programme of DigitalHealth.London. It is aimed at digital health companies that would benefit from better engagement with the NHS and the wider health sector, in order to refine and develop products and services that meet the needs of the system.
The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator is run by a consortium of founding partners comprising of London’s three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), the Health Innovation Network, Imperial College Health Partners and UCLPartners, as well as CW+ and MedCity. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.
About the European Regional Development Fund
The project is receiving up to £3.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit gov.uk/european-growth-funding
DigitalHealth.London is a partnership between London’s three Academic Health Science Networks – Imperial College Health Partners, the Health Innovation Network and UCLPartners, and MedCity, expert in accelerating the adoption of digital innovation by linking health and care organisations with digital health innovators for the benefit of patients and populations. It accelerates the adoption of digital innovations across health and care to improve patient and population outcomes and experience and supports a sustainable future NHS. For more information, please see digitalhealth.london.