EQL, part of the Google Cloud for Startups Programme, has been accepted as one of 20 high potential start-ups to take part in the NHS DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator Programme.

The "prestigious" programme will support the businesses to develop and deploy solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the NHS.

It aims to “speed up the adoption of technology in London’s NHS, relieving high pressure on services and empowering patients to manage their health,” and is uniquely positioned to provide in-depth knowledge of the NHS and wider UK health and care sector to high potential companies in London to help them refine, develop and scale their innovations.

Sara Nelson programme director at DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said that this year saw a “record number of applications to the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator” and that the organisation is “delighted to accept 20 companies, including EQL, onto the programme.”

She continued, “Between them, they have great potential to make a huge difference to the lives of patients and staff – either directly, or indirectly, through improvements to the way the system runs behind-the-scenes. These innovations could help the NHS draw ever closer to delivering a truly digital, inclusive service for everyone.”

Earlier this year, EQL launched its debut product ‘Phio’, a chatbot that thinks and acts like a physiotherapist, initially providing an agile triage tool for all MSK conditions, with a Digital Injury Management tool to follow later in the year.

Since the launch, EQL says it has been “inundated with interest” from organisations including NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), global insurance companies and Occupational Health providers.