£1m digital healthcare innovation fund launched in England

A new £1m fund designed to stimulate creative and digital innovation in the UK healthcare sector has been launched by Creative England.

The fund will also be complimented with the opening of four new programmes designed to foster innovation and improve patient care across the England.

The first to open is the West Midlands Interactive Healthcare Fund, in partnership with Nominet Trust and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, and will offer five £50,000 investments to support projects that focus on improving quality of care, caring for people with dementia, supporting people with long-term conditions and data visualisation.

Bethan Bishop, head of innovation and industry engagement at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This partnership provides an extremely exciting opportunity for all involved. It enables us to give insight into the areas of healthcare which will benefit from existing and new technology sitting within creative businesses.

“Importantly the fund will deliver the vital investment required to enable these developments to be used and make a real difference across healthcare services and the health & wellbeing of patients and the community.”

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and the fund, supported by the Regional Growth Fund, will close on 31 October 2014.

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