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NHS bootcamp for US health tech innovators

The first International Boot Camp by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is set to support US healthcare providers to bring their products into the NHS market.

The boot camp builds on Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s existing programme, Propel@YH, a digital health accelerator scheme that seeks to bring inward investment into the region.

Five US SMEs working on innovative healthcare projects have been selected for the Boot Camp. Through a range of masterclasses, workshops and networking events, the innovators will be provided with five days of intensive support to develop their understanding of topics such as NHS government, finance and procurement frameworks, and clinical safety and supplier regulations.

The SMEs selected include: Televeda, an online hub for older adults to combat social isolation; Musical Health Technologies’ SingFit, a music app designed to improve wellbeing; Behavidence, an app that helps users with mental wellbeing through daily feedback on digital behaviour; Luminare’s workflow management programme, Sagitta, helping hospitals identify sepsis quickly; and Lab Ready, an automated system that collects and stores bacterial samples for faster diagnosis.

Neville Young, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, commented: “The aim of the programme is to secure investment and jobs by attracting great US HealthTech businesses with a high growth potential into our region as part of our mission to support economic growth and improve the health and wellbeing of our population.

“If we can successfully support these innovators to establish themselves in Yorkshire, we can use the great regional assets we have available to us (staff, real estate, finance), and the strength of the AHSN Network to spread their innovations across the country, securing investment, jobs and health and wellbeing benefits for the whole of the UK.”