Introduction

The Digital Innovation Hub Programme aims to enable a UK-wide life sciences ecosystem that provides responsible and safe access to health data, technology and science, research and innovation services to ask and answer important health and care questions.

This four-year Programme is funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). It is an element of the ISCF’s Data to Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine challenge, placing early diagnosis and best treatments for particular patients at the heart of a national approach to better health.  It builds on many recent healthcare technological advances, including in digital health and genomics, and on broader developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The Programme integrates with and reinforces Health Data Research UK’s investment in health data science and talent development, to stimulate the use of health data to make lives longer and healthier.  It encompasses three essential functions:

  1. UK Health Data Research Alliance – an Alliance of data suppliers committed to making an unprecedented breadth and depth of data available for research and innovation purposes.  Find out more 
  2. Digital Innovation Hubs – making data available, curating data, and providing expert research services.  The Hubs will be centres of expertise to get from data to insight and the location to collaborate and co-create. Find out more
  3. Health Data Research Innovation Gateway – providing discovery, accessibility, security and interoperability to surface data, support linkage, and enable health data science safely and efficiently.  Find out more

Digital Innovation Hub Model

These functions form the model of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme, as outlined below.

There are three broad phases of the Digital Innovation Hub Programme:

Phase 1: Design and dialogue

1 September 2018 – 30 April 2019

During this initial phase we worked in partnership with a wide range of organisations across healthcare, academia, industry, charities and with patients and the public to develop the design of the different components of the programme.

Phase 2: Sprint exemplar innovation projects

1 September 2018 – 31 December 2019

Ten projects were chosen to be funded as ‘Sprint Exemplars’.  These were selected to provide “confidence in concept” of potential technology solutions, and proof of readiness for industry innovation use cases.  The Exemplars are being delivered by academic, NHS and industry consortia with funding in the order of £300,000 each.  You can find out more about the successful projects, how they were selected, and the timescales for completion here.

Phase 3: Delivery and implementation

7 May 2019 – 30 June 2022

The Digital Innovation Hub Prospectus (published on 7 May 2019) outlines the approach to creating the Hubs. The Hubs will go live on 1 October 2019. You can find out more about the Hubs here.