Ben Maruthappu was working as an adviser to Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, when he had the idea of creating the NHS Innovation Accelerator. As a trainee doctor, he had seen at first-hand the time pressures faced by clinicians and thought that the adoption of new technologies could free them up to spend more time with patients.
“There was so much potential for technology to improve healthcare services, but it wasn’t getting the scale it deserved across the NHS. I thought, ‘Let’s build a programme that supports entrepreneurs, innovators and people with technology-based products that are proven to work and therefore are almost no-brainer innovations that can be spread across the country to benefit patients and to reduce costs.’ ” The
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