Welsh Government announces new competition for digital solutions to help fight Covid-19

Welsh Government announces new competition for digital solutions to help fight Covid-19

Posted on June 1

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The competition is being supported by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and funding is available for between five and eight projects to rapidly pilot products and solutions.

Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services, said:

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted an urgent need for new digital technology to help us contain and respond to the virus.

“This call to action could make a massive difference not only in our immediate response to the pandemic, but in our day-to-day health services.

“It is important we embrace digital technologies and use some of their potential to improve routine care.

"This call to action will help us evaluate the best options and their long-term value.”

How the competition works

All applications must be submitted through the Life Sciences Hub Wales innovation portal.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 June 2020 at 9am.

The competition is open to any UK business who has a digital solution to fight Covid-19. The solution must be developed and ready for testing during the application process.

All solutions must tackle one of four themed areas:

  • Remote diagnosis and triage of patients
  • Optimising data collection and analysis
  • Tracking, managing, and reporting hospital personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory
  • Remote citizen support and treatment

These solutions will be judged by an expert panel from Welsh Government, NHS Wales and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

Successful projects will be notified by 22 June 2020 and will be expected to start from 29 June. The rapid pilots will be over the summer, with an evaluation in September to review the potential for scalability across Wales.