Peppy Health, an app which provides access to specialist support and resources specific to major life transitions such as menopause, fertility and parenthood, wins this year’s Digital Health Rewired Pitchfest 2021 and the unique opportunity to have their innovation tested and scaled at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust through our CW Innovation programme.
With a major focus on innovative models of care, digital healthcare and AI, the CW Innovation programme has fast-tracked new digital systems in response to COVID-19 to meet the increasingly varied ways in which we need to look after our patients, to reduce the need for them to come into our hospitals, and to improve how we connect and communicate with them remotely.
Pitchfest 2021 received more than 120 entries from healthtech start-ups, which a panel of judges whittled down to 16 finalists, who have competed in daily heats delivering three-minute lightning video pitches during the virtual Digital Health Rewired event this week. Finalists included start-ups pioneering the use of drones, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, smart wound-dressings, and platforms to support respiratory conditions, retinal screening, social prescribing, MRI referrals, and paediatric patients with disabilities and speech and language difficulties.
Chris Chaney, Chief Executive of CW+, who announced the winner during the virtual Pitchfest final, congratulates Peppy Health and says, “We are delighted to again be providing a real-world test bed for this year’s Pitchfest winner. Since last year’s Pitchfest in March 2020, we’ve witnessed unprecedented advances in clinical innovation in response to the greatest healthcare challenge of our generation. As a sector we have innovated at pace and introduced a range of new solutions that are fundamentally changing the way our hospitals and health systems work and interact with the communities we serve. We are looking forward to working with Peppy Health at Chelsea and Westminster over the coming year and hopefully supporting the wider dissemination of this new and entrepreneurial solution across the NHS network.”