deepc is set to join the King’s Health Partners Digital Health Hub to support the development and deployment of AI radiology technologies in the UK.

The company will be joining the health hub as an industry partner to help support the development of digital health technologies. Its role will include supporting AI companies to meet the contractual, technical, regulatory and data governance requirements needed to be deployed in clinical settings. By doing this it aims to help AI companies in the digital health sector scale the barriers to entry in the UK healthcare system.

The King’s Health Partners Digital Health Hub was officially launched last week as a national multi-disciplinary resource. It aims to support the development of new health technologies and reduce the time it takes for these innovations to reach patients.

It was created by King’s College London and is embedded within the campus of St Thomas’ Hospital, part of the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust. From its HQ at the London Institute for Healthcare Engineering, the hub is enabling activity across four key pillars: training, co-creation, translation and acceleration.

deepc will be focused on the translation and acceleration pillars. Having already developed the radiology platform deepcOS, the company is well-positioned to share its expertise with other AI-focused fledgling companies. As well as helping them to scale quickly they can also advise on how to avoid the pitfalls that come with navigating regulatory and technical challenges for the first time.

Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng FMedSci, director of King’s Health Partners Digital Health Hub, said: “The Digital Health Hub will drive greater collaboration between academia, healthcare services and industry to help accelerate the development of transformational digital health technologies that will make a significant difference to patients’ lives. We are delighted to have deepc, one of Europe’s leading medtech startups and genuine leaders in the field of radiology AI, as a partner.”

It’s a busy time for deepc, which acquired medical imaging software solution Osimis Platform earlier this year. Not only has it joined the Digital Health Hub, but it is also opening its first UK office. Based at the London Institute for Healthcare Engineering, the office is dedicated to deepc’s work with the hub as well as supporting the growth of its UK operations.

Dr Franz Pfister, CEO and co-founder of deepc, said: “At deepc, we are passionate about removing the barriers that can prevent great medtech innovations from delivering real benefits for patients, clinicians and health systems. The Digital Health Hub’s mission to support institutions, clinicians and companies in developing AI solutions to improve patient care aligns closely with our own so we are proud to be joining the hub as a partner to advance this important work.”