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Tech start-ups approached to improve healthcare


23 June 2014

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Tech start-ups are being approached by Public Health England (PHE) in a bid to bring innovation to healthcare. 
PHE Health X is an innovation initiative that invites early-stage tech businesses to submit their ideas for improving people’s health.
Successful Health X businesses will receive significant promotional support through PHE’s Change4Life campaign, presence on NHS Choices and help with product development.

Tech start-ups are being approached by Public Health England (PHE) in a bid to bring innovation to healthcare. 
PHE Health X is an innovation initiative that invites early-stage tech businesses to submit their ideas for improving people’s health.
Successful Health X businesses will receive significant promotional support through PHE’s Change4Life campaign, presence on NHS Choices and help with product development.
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE said: "We need to help people set goals, monitor their progress and give them ongoing feedback and encouragement when they make positive changes. We used to do this through face-to-face engagement or by providing health information on hard copies. 
"But now, with the advances in technology and the increase in access to that technology, we have opportunities to harness that and so do much more."
Gerard Grec, Tech City UK chief executive officer, said:
"PHE Health X creates an exciting opportunity for young UK tech firms working in the health space to get their idea or product off the ground and out to the wider market. There’s a rising tide of wearable technology that is already reengineering how we monitor and improve our personal health. 
"Connected devices like the Pebble and Fuelband are great innovations of the Medtech sector. This partnership is about supporting new, technology enabled solutions that will deliver benefit across generations."
The initiative opens on the 20 June 2014 and closes on the 1 August 2014.PHE will choose the top 10 applicants from entries, who will then be invited to present their digital solutions to a Health X panel at a finalist’s event on 11 August 2014 in London. At the event, applicants will present and demonstrate their product, and receive questions from the panel.
The judging panel will be made up of representatives from PHE, The Daily Telegraph, Entrepreneur First, Health Box, Delta Partners and Tech City UK. The panel will then select up to three winners.

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