Innovative digital technology projects have received a £9million funding boost through the UK’s Digital Health Technology Catalyst (DHTC), which is worth £35million and has an initial 4-year term. The DHTC will be delivered by UK Research and Innovation and funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The DHTC aims to accelerate innovative digital health technology projects amongst SMEs in particular, and the Government reports that this is an important part of its plan to implement Accelerated Access Review.
The Minister for Science and Innovation, Chris Skidmore, stated that:
“From using AI-driven voice technology to assess patient’s health before seeing a doctor, to hand-held devices which observe health status and alert clinicians to treat high-risk patients, we are taking steps to ensure people are healthier for longer while saving the NHS money.”
The Interim Executive Chair for Innovate UK (part of UK Research and Innovation), Ian Campbell, commented:
“The UK is a world leader in health innovation and the projects for which we have announced funding today showcase the very best of British knowhow. Using breakthrough technologies such as AI and machine learning and deploying apps and hand-held devices, outcomes for patients can be immeasurably improved. Supporting these innovations is a key element of the government’s Industrial Strategy and will create the industries and jobs of tomorrow.”
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