Ieso Digital Health joins new expert group to tackle barriers facing health-tech SMEs working with the NHS

A group of healthcare experts, including Ieso Digital Health, have come together to help health-tech SMEs and NHS organisations work closer together to help meet some of the key technology commitments outlined in the Five Year Forward View.

The group, which also includes NHS England, The Office of Life Sciences, The Health and Social Care Information Centre and other organisations such as Yeovil District Hospital NHSFT, Guys and St Thomas’ NHSFT, The Royal Free London NHSFT and a number of other SMEs has been brought together by health consultancy ZPB Associates and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

It will aim to tackle some of the key barriers facing health-tech SMEs and NHS organisations seeking to work together including creating sustainable business models, specifying a solution and engaging the market, clear routes for investment and business growth as well as looking at options and routes to procurement.

Ieso Digital Health Chief Executive Officer, Barnaby Perks said:

"Ieso Digital Health is delighted to be part of this new group. The NHS has set itself some ambitious challenges around the digitisation of healthcare and making better use of technology, expressed in documents such as the Five Year Forward View.

“Much of the innovation needed to make these aspirations a reality is coming from private sector NHS partners, especially SMEs such as Ieso Digital Health, bringing a fresh approach to delivery of clinical services – in our case evidence-based professional mental health therapy.

“The pathway to mainstream NHS adoption of novel approaches is far from straightforward, even when the benefits are compelling. That’s why we are particularly pleased to support this initiative to bring NHS bodies and health-tech SMEs to work together to overcome the challenges.”

The working group will report its findings in early 2016.

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