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Companies take part in Propel@YH assessment day

The 14 companies bidding to take part in the first cohort of firms to be supported by Propel@YH took part in an assessment day on Wednesday 17 April.

The Propel@YH digital accelerator has been commissioned by the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and is being delivered by mHabitat, an NHS-owned specialist and expert is the application of digital to health and care.

The programme is targeted at SMEs with digital innovations that have the potential to improve health outcomes in the Yorkshire and Humber region. It will help this first cohort to navigate the complex healthcare landscape and build an NHS-relevant business case.

The companies that took part were:

Balsamee – digital health platform for community health services users with content tailored to patients’ needs (Cardiff)

DigiBete – an innovative digital platform designed to improve self-management for people living with the complexities of type 1 diabetes (Leeds)

DigiDentistry – 3D visual learning tool using augmented reality and animation for dentistry (Manchester)

Ely – on-demand mental health support using artificial intelligence and natural language processing (Leeds)

Enyware – digital platform to support organisations’ internal communications (Northumberland)

Healthcare Engineering – patient-driven digital triage system (Huddersfield)

HeteroGenius – digital pathology image analysis using artificial intelligence (Leeds)

ITECHO Health – integrated app and web portal with machine learning to improve the management of chronic diseases (Leeds)

Kemuri Limited – remote wellbeing monitoring via the Sigfox ‘internet of things’ network (Woking)

Medicsen – diabetes management combining smart patch administration, glucose sensors and artificial intelligence (Leeds)

Medicspot – remote consultation stations and services in pharmacies (London)

Modality Systems – virtual consultation service for healthcare professionals (St Albans)

Restart Consulting – virtual patient record through a multi-directional open interoperability platform (Exeter)

Scaled Insights – behavioural artificial intelligence tool using written or spoken language (Leeds)

Six of these organisations will be selected to take part in the full six-month programme of masterclasses, digital innovator surgeries and events focused on human-related design, clinical safety by design, patient-centred design and understanding NHS procurement.

The final cohort will be announced at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN Annual Conference on 9 May.

The assessment panel was chaired by Dr Victoria Betton, Founder and Director at mHabitat and included representatives from NHS organisations, patient groups and industry.

She commented: “This has been a really stimulating day with a lot of different companies with different propositions.

“We have had a brilliant, diverse assessment panel who brought very different perspectives about which companies could benefit from the Propel programme and how Yorkshire and Humber can benefit from these innovations.”

Dr Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN added:

“This has been a fantastic day with fantastic innovations on display. It’s great to have worked with such a diverse assessment panel who brought insight and expertise in terms of the problems we need to address.

“Each member of the panel contributed to selecting a first, strong cohort of digital health companies committed to improving care and driving efficiency in the NHS and I would like to thank them for that.”