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New technologies wanted to tackle complex healthcare issues

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How will technical innovation help the NHS?

NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences have launched the second phase of a competition to find the best technical innovations to help the NHS.

The test bed programme is run in collaboration with Innovate UK, which is contributing £4.5m, with an additional £1.5m from NHS England.

Small and medium-sized organisations that want to apply have to demonstrate a digital product that deals with a clearly defined health and care challenge in line with NHS and life sciences priorities.

In the first wave of the programme 51 digital technologies were trialled, with 40 innovators, involving 4,000 patients across seven NHS test bed sites.

Parliamentary under-secretary of state for health Lord O’Shaughnessy said the programme has transformed the lives of patients with dementia, diabetes and mental illness using ground-breaking digital technology.

Phase two, he said, would help the NHS deal with big health challenges through learning even more from emerging technologies.