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09 June 2023

New Digital Health Hub awarded to King's College London as part of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council investment

The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences (BMEIS) is part of an investment plan of £16.5 million to create new digital healthcare hubs across England.

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The investment by the EPSRC will promote knowledge and skills sharing across a range of partners including the NHS, social care providers, universities and businesses.

The King’s Health Partners Digital Health Hub (£2.6m award) incorporates four King’s Faculties, all King’s Health Partner NHS Trusts, 20 industry members and a further 10 organisations and NHS Trusts across the UK.

The Hub will support the development of new digital technologies and reduce the time it takes for these to benefit patients. By providing expertise, partnerships with industry, and a physical location for technology developers to work together, this project will enable new businesses to grow rapidly, increase the availability of digital health technologies nationally and make a more immediate difference to patients' lives.

By providing expertise, facilitating close partnerships with industry through physical location enabling technology developers to work together, our Hub will accelerate the development of digital health technologies nationally. This will drive academic research and support the growth of emerging businesses rapidly making a significant difference to patients' lives.

Professor Sebastien Ourselin FREng FMedSci, Head of School, BMEIS

This investment will support scientists and engineers who are transforming the way we treat and diagnose diseases by using the latest developments in robotics, computer modelling and imaging.

Dr Kedar Pandya, Executive Director of Cross-Council Programmes of EPSRC

The Digital Health Hub at King’s College London is one of five funded university hubs that also includes Bristol, Newcastle, Sheffield and University College London, to promote knowledge and skills sharing across healthcare, academia and business, and drive innovation in digital health.

The hubs will focus on five key healthcare challenges:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Health & care outside hospital and disease prediction, diagnosis & intervention
  • Tackling health inequalities by developing digital healthcare technologies to the point of use in the NHS
  • Addressing the unmet health needs of underserved communities, and digital exclusion
  • Development of digital technologies such as symptom tracking apps or wearable devices to improve health

For more information: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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Sebastien Ourselin

Professor of Healthcare Engineering

Rebecca  Oakey

Professor of Epigenetics

Emily  Robinson

Visiting Lecturer