Applications have opened for the second cohort of the DigitalHealth.London Evidence Generator Bootcamp – aimed at supporting digital health companies who have launched a product into the NHS or are about to, and are committed to driving forward evidence generation.

The process of generating quality evidence can be timely and confusing – yet as outlined in NHS England and NICE policy it’s crucial to help products succeed.

The Evidence Generator Bootcamp is designed to help with this and includes expert support from NHS, academia and industry, with a range of advisory sessions and workshop, peer networking and honest brokering to foster research collaborations.

Sara Nelson, programme director of DigitalHealth.London, said: “Having effective and relevant evidence is the key to success for digital health products within the NHS. Our Evidence Generator Bootcamp is a unique opportunity for innovators to identify and generate evidence in order to enable the value of their digital innovations to be understood, reducing barriers to adoption.”

The DigitalHealth.London Evidence Generator Bootcamp is part of the DigitalHealth.London Business Support for London Project, which has received £1.39 million from the UK government via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The first Evidence Generator Bootcamp launched in September 2022.

Dr Austen El-Osta, director of the self-care academic research unit (SCARU) at Imperial College London, said: “Having had the privilege of working with various innovators, disruptors, SMEs and engaging in numerous evidence generation projects, I know first-hand how critical evidence generation is for start-ups to succeed – from securing funding
to achieving market penetration.

“The Evidence Generator Bootcamp from DigitalHealth.London represents an invaluable opportunity for SMEs and researchers in the digital health and care sector. Without solid evidence, even the most innovative technologies may struggle to gain acceptance and scalability.”

Applications are now open for the programme and will close at midnight on 17 March 2024. Up to 15 small to medium enterprises that have products or services with strong potential to meet NHS and social care challenges and that have identified evidence generation as a priority, will be offered a place on the programme.

A 101 webinar will be taking place on 12 March, allowing interested parties to engage with members of the programme delivery team.