Three innovative companies have been selected for Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)’s inaugural green accelerator programme.

Yorkshire and Humber AHSN has previously run a digital health accelerator programme to encourage technical advances. Now, the Propel@YH Net Zero pilot scheme will work with the three chosen companies giving them access to a structured course of bespoke support and advice centred around the environmental sustainability of their products.

The three selected companies are: Automedi, Patients Know Best (PKB) and Dignio. Each of the companies have sustainable innovations or existing products that will support the NHS’ commitment to reducing its carbon impact, with the aim of net zero emissions by 2040.

Automedi is a 3D printer, which makes healthcare products using sustainable plastics. Users select equipment from an on-screen catalogue and the item is made in front of them. Not only does this reduce climate impact but it also removes delivery costs and delays.

PKB is a digital personal health record platform which enables both patients and healthcare clinicians to access medical records at any time, from anywhere. Patients can also access tailored resources created by their healthcare team, encouraging self-management of their condition.

Dignio’s digital integrated care platform provides virtual remote care by connecting patients and healthcare professionals. Its patient-focus system empowers users to self-manage conditions with support from healthcare workers.

Frank Swinton, climate change lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, said: “Climate change and health are intricately linked in that they both affect one another in a circular fashion. It is therefore imperative that we work to break the cycle and ensure that our health and social care services are as environmentally friendly as possible going forwards.

“This scheme is a great way to help innovators bring their green med solutions closer to being everyday tech that is used across the sector.”