PUBLIC has teamed up with Amazon Web Services to launch its first UK healthcare accelerator programme to help mentor digital health start-ups.

PUBLIC, a government technology company, will be bringing its extensive experience in managing accelerator programme, to the first UK-based cohort of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Healthcare Accelerator. The launch comes after the success of a similar programme from AWS, run in the US.

The healthcare accelerator will run virtually as a four-week technical, business and mentorship programme for ten healthcare start-ups selected by AWS and PUBLIC. Selected companies will have the opportunity to use AWS services to help solve the healthcare industry’s biggest challenges.

Daniel Korski, CEO and co-founder of PUBLIC, said: “The pandemic has shown the power of digitising healthcare. Now, the real issue is to move from the many great new ideas that have emerged to a patient-supporting reality. Start-ups need the right tools, support and environment to go on this journey and ultimately help patients, clinicians and administrators.

“AWS and PUBLIC are teaming up to deliver the AWS Healthcare Accelerator in order to create a robust pipeline of healthcare innovation that can support the NHS.”

The AWS Healthcare Accelerator is seeking a diverse cohort of start-ups that can achieve improved patient and clinician experience, better health outcomes and lower the cost of care. AWS technical experts will work with the start-ups to build and scale innovative cloud solutions. Each will receive over 50 hours of mentoring support, AWS promotional credit, resources and opportunities for collaboration with AWS healthcare customers and Partner Network members.

Rowland Illing, director and chief medical officer, international public sector health at Amazon Web Services, said: “Embracing digital health innovations has enabled the NHS to deliver a world-leading vaccination programme showing their inherent talent and collaborative, patient-centric capacity to transform at pace.

“Now, their focus moves to tackling backlogs in elective care, continuing to implement the NHS Long Term Plan, and focusing on transformation of services to support NHS resilience. At the same time, the health and care system is seeking to optimise the proliferating volume of healthcare data to further improve patient outcomes and operational decisions.

“To support both high-potential healthcare startups and the UK healthcare system’s demand for these types of solutions, we are excited to announce the launch of the AWS Healthcare Accelerator programme in the UK.”

Applications are open until 5 December 2021 and individual entries will be judged on the innovative nature of their projects, the overall value of the solution and the team’s ability to deliver on an identified opportunity.

An initial 20 start-ups will be invited to pitch on the 5 and 6 of January, before the final ten are decided.