NHSX, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have announced 18 innovative digital solutions being awarded up to £25,000 under the TechForce19 challenge.
The funding for each project will be used to develop new ways to support vulnerable people who need to stay at home or need other help in the community for extended periods of time.
More than 1,600 innovations submitted bids in response to the challenge and successful projects include:
Minister for Care Helen Whately said: “This is a hugely challenging time for everyone but for some it’s especially hard. Some people find themselves particularly isolated by social distancing – so we want to make sure they have the support they need at their fingertips.
Technology has already proven to be a powerful tool in our response to this pandemic, keeping us connected in ways we could not have imagined even a few years ago.
These innovative projects will offer fresh hope and vital support to some of the people who need it most and I’m very excited to see how they progress.”
The successful solutions will now receive funding to rapidly test their product to meet specific Covid-19 related needs.
This testing phase will last for 2 to 3 weeks and be followed by an assessment to better understand the potential and scope for accelerated deployment at scale, based on evidence.
NHSX has been working with partners PUBLIC and the AHSN Network to run the fast-track competition for innovators, creating a pool of technologies that have the potential to be rapidly scaled regionally and nationally.
Each prospective technology must have the capability to operate on a standalone basis without the need to be integrated with existing health or care systems.
Guy Boersma, Digital and AI Lead, The AHSN Network, said: “This list of solutions is testament to the talent being harnessed to address the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. The health and care sector has already seen many solutions being deployed to support vulnerable citizens with mental health needs or other specific conditions, and the pandemic makes it even more necessary that we address the needs of citizens unable to access face-to-face care or even their usual social networks. We are delighted that we have a series of solutions which can be piloted and then scaled to address these pressing needs.”