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Propel@YH applicants at preview evening

Representatives from the NHS, industry, investors, academia and local authorities were given a preview last night (Tuesday) of the companies that have applied to take part in the Propel@YH digital accelerator programme.

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 in the application of digital to health and care.

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

The preview evening was held at Co>Space North, Leeds and was opened by Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.

Propel@YH applicants gave a one-minute pitch about their innovations before taking part in a networking session.

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 Thursday 9 May.

Dr Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN said: “It was great to see so many people at this preview evening and I’m delighted that there is so much interest in our Propel@YH applicants.

“This is a really strong cohort and I’m really looking forward to announcing the final six next week.”

The companies that applied to take part in Propel@YH 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)