Krystle Barkway in Tech & Digital

26/01/2016

Creative England Launches Second Part of £1million Fund for Digital Healthcare Innovation

We're pleased to announce the second part of the extension of our groundbreaking Interactive Healthcare Fund, pledging £1 million for digital companies outside of London to develop innovative healthcare technology and solutions.

At its flagship event 'Creative England Live 2016: Catalyse' at Google HQ in London last week, Creative England officially opened the West Midlands part of the programme. This £500,000 fund will offer investments of up to £50,000 to companies and is accepting applications now. The announcement followed the launch of the North West Interactive Healthcare Fund late in 2015. Creative England also announced that the £250,000 Yorkshire and Humber arm of the programme will launch later this year. It will offer investments of up to £50,000 for companies based in the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

Financed by Creative England’s Regional Growth Fund and in partnership with the Heart of England NHS Foundation TrustWest Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, the funds will support the development of web, mobile and tablet applications. These will focus on some of the key healthcare priorities identified by the trust and networks. It has been billed as a trailblazing initiative that offers developers the chance to make a splash in sectors outside of the creative industries. 

Successful projects for the West Midlands Fund will focus on the interaction and sharing of information between patients and carers, new ideas for patients or clinicians in the domains of cardiovascular disease or the safe use of medications. Priority will be given to projects which address long term conditions, wellness and prevention of illness, advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine and mental health crisis care. Ideas that may secure funding include: apps that develop a new communication channel between doctor and patient; new methods for data analysis; apps that support innovation in healthier living; or apps that promote patient understanding so they can take ownership of their own care. 

Importantly, through the collaborative model of working with industry, promoted by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the fund, healthcare experts are openly sharing their needs and challenges. This will enable the funded businesses to develop further their products and services.

Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England, said: 

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to launch the second part of our Interactive Healthcare Fund programme, designed to combine creativity and technology to revolutionise healthcare as we know it. Creative businesses can have a huge impact on sectors outside of the creative industries themselves and we hope this fund will give those with some of the most innovative ideas the chance to change people’s lives for the better.”

To read more, visit our Interactive Healthcare Fund page. Creative England also offers interest free business loans to SMEs based outside of Greater London. To find out if you're eligible, visit our Business Loan page.

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