Three digital health companies will receive support from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) to expand their services into the NHS.

The companies will receive support from EMAHSN to boost the adoption of their technologies as part of the East Midlands Digital Health Accelerator programme.

The programme offers support for a small number of digital health companies with technologies deemed to be capable of making a difference in health and social care.

A panel made up of EMAHSN and external experts – including patients, public involvement representatives and NHS stakeholders – selected three companies to support:

  • MyCognition PRO, an app that enables people to correct and improve their mental functioning and increase their productivity
  • WoundWorks InSight, a 3D imaging tools that enables accurate wound assessments and supports clinical decision making
  • QardioArm BP, which offers remote blood pressure monitoring and 24 hour ambulatory recordings from a wireless device

EMAHSN is the innovation arm of the NHS in the East Midlands, and forms one of 15 AHSNs around the country.

AHSNs were conceived to foster collaboration across all sectors involved in healthcare – including social care and public health, universities, third sector and industry – to identify, test and drive NHS transformation.

Support will include 1-1 advice sessions, help with funding applications and opportunities to meet NHS stakeholders.

It will also offer a platform through which the companies can showcase their innovations to the industry.

EMAHSN commercial director, Tim Robinson, said: “We’re delighted to be working with these five digital health companies as part of our Digital Health Accelerator.

“We have selected them on to our scheme because we feel their innovation can make a real difference to health and care.

“We are in a unique position within the health and care system, placed between the NHS and industry, and we can use this position to support our innovators to maximise nationwide adoption and spread of their products.”

The 2018 East Midlands Digital Health Accelerator cohort included Spirit Health Group and their digital platform CliniTouch Vie, which provides remote clinical monitoring to help people stay out of hospital.

Also selected last year was the Howz Home Care Kit, which learns patterns in patient behaviour to spot early indication of health deterioration.

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