Nominations announced for NHS Excellence in Supply Awards

We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for our work with Fortrus at this year’s NHS Excellence in Supply Awards. The awards will recognise the response of the health and care sector to COVID-19 from third-party companies, suppliers and NHS organisations.

This year, the awards will consist of three categories:

  • Fighting the virus, recognising organisations demonstrating innovation in the supply of a product, process or service which directly supported the response of the health and care system to the virus.
  • Supporting the system, recognising organisations demonstrating innovation in supporting, enhancing or transforming existing areas of health and care or services that were impacted by COVID-19.
  • NHS procurement heroes, recognising NHS procurement teams or members of procurement teams who have provided exceptional support to their trust during COVID-19.

Our work for the Alder Hey’s Children’s Hospital has been nominated in the ‘Supporting the system’ category. In order to allow patients to experience their visit remotely before attending appointments, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital partnered us via the Fortrus Digital Transformation Framework to adapt the Alderplay native app into a web-based platform that gives Alder Hey’s young patients a more engaging and less intimidating experience at the hospital. 

Using augmented reality, the webapp provides children with a virtual journey throughout the hospital to familiarise them with the facility, as well as reducing feelings of anxiety. This is particularly important now, as social distancing measures have been implemented to minimise risk, meaning patients will have fewer visits and support from the wider family unit. 

The awards will be taking place on the 22nd October - Good luck to all those nominated! 



Mindwave CInO joins Accurx’s digital inclusion webinar panel 

The software company, Accurx, is hosting a webinar that will explore the importance of digital inclusion and accessible design in healthcare, which will take place on Wednesday 5th August at 6.30 pm. 

Several experts will join the guest panel, including Mindwave Ventures’ CInO, Dr Victoria Betton. Emma Stone, director of design, research and comms at Good Things Foundation and Karin Connell, strategic lead; social value, work and health at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning will also be participating. 

The digital health experts will be discussing the importance of digital inclusion in healthcare. They will explore, in particular, how health tech leaders can help to meet patients ranging accessibility needs and how to execute on digital healthcare delivery to ensure positive outcomes. The panel will also provide quick, actionable tips to improve accessibility such as tips for making a practice’s website more patient-friendly. 

Dr Victoria Betton said, “I am delighted to be taking part in Accurx’s upcoming webinar. Creating healthcare innovations that are inclusive and accessible is extremely important to us at Mindwave and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on digital inclusion, as well as hearing from experts in the industry”. 

Attendees can sign up for the event for free by registering via Eventbrite. 


How to build a successful mobile application for health research

We know that working with a tech company can be daunting for health researchers; from working out your requirements through to budgeting for a project - there are many things to consider.

With health researchers as an important client group for Mindwave, we are keen to help you understand how to scope in technology when planning a research bid or project. That’s why we offer a one hour mini-workshop to help you clarify your requirements and find out more about the digital design and development process. We can run the workshop via video and we do not charge for our time.

We have recently produced a brochure to give you more information about what we do to support health researchers. You can find it here.

You can also view a webinar we did on the topic here.

“The webinar was great! It brought the whole process to life. It was really useful to have the worked example and I thought it was refreshing to hear the reflections about how the partners had navigated some of the challenges that the project threw up and encouraging to learn about how you had put solutions in place. There was also lots of practical information around how many users you need to build a user profile which is helpful for costing and the info on data protection is also really helpful for developing applications. Definitely a must see for people like me who are thinking about doing something like this for the first time!”  Christine, health researcher at the University of Cambridge

Get in touch if you’d like to find out more or book your free session.


Bending the Curve - future of digital mental health post Covid-19 - webinar recording 

Our Bending the Curve webinar took place on 2 June, with a panel of expert speakers, including people with lived experience, CCIOs, clinicians, academics, designers and technologists.

The webinar a chance to hear from leading thinkers and doers in the field about what the future might hold for digital mental health during and beyond Covid-19 pandemic. 

We considered what we may want to leverage and what we may want to return to post-Covid. We will think about the future that we aspire to and concerns we may have about possible scenarios we want to avoid.

You can find a recording of the webinar here.

One of our panellists, John Torous, was unable to attend the webinar but kindly agreed to do an interview with me instead. You can find the 15 minute video here.

We will be writing up the key themes into a white paper and will share them with you in due course. 

“What a fabulous line up you managed to pull together for your ‘bending the curve’ webinar. Really stimulating and thought provoking discussion from the panel and input from other attendees in the chat. Thank you. Let’s hope that together, with some great minds like these, we can find a way forward and through covid-19 that takes us to a 'new normal’ where digital technologies are embedded in services so effectively that we no longer talk about ‘digital’ as something separate in mental health."


Mindwave partners with to create question answering platform for health care professionals during COVID-19

Mindwave has partnered with Accelerate Cambridge and DigitalHealth. London launchpad company to launch an AI-powered platform that answers COVID-19 questions for healthcare professionals. 

The start-up was selected from over 8600 applicants to receive funding by the UK government, as part of its £40 million investment to boost cutting-edge technological advances, particularly as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. uses natural language processing technology to help clinicians find answers faster than ever before. The artificial intelligence platform aggregates information from academic journal articles and national guidelines to provide healthcare professionals with the latest information on COVID-19 in a fast and concise format. 

A beta version of the platform has launched for public testing and the service will be free to NHS workers. 

The free, not-for-profit service will be available to anyone working in the health sector including junior doctors, GPs, hospital workers and clinicians working outside of their specialist areas.

The Mindwave Ventures team will work with to further improve the design, performance and scalability of the platform.

Dr. Keith Tsui, CEO and co-founder of said: “Although the number of new COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths is falling in the UK, the knowledge we have about the virus and the disease keeps increasing and it's nearly impossible to keep up with the latest developments. We need to equip health care workers with the latest evidence and guidance, so COVID-19 patients get the best care possible. 

“We are very grateful to be funded by Innovate UK and to work with Mindwave Ventures and our other partners who have made the launch possible. We encourage as many professions to use the platform as possible as this will allow more data to be gathered, which will allow improvements to both the AI algorithm and the user interface.”

Dr. Victoria Betton, CInO at Mindwave Ventures said: “The global pandemic has created an urgency to get the most up to date evidence fast. With advice and guidelines changing so quickly as the medical world learns more about the virus, it is important that health professionals can make sense of it to work as effectively as possible. We are thrilled to partner with and help create an innovative and useful digital health platform”. is proudly supported by Panacea Star, Accelerate Cambridge, Eastern AHSN, DigitalHealth.London, MedTech Foundation, and EIT Health

To discuss how Mindwave can support you with your health tech needs, contact us today.


How to build a successful mobile application for health research - a guide for academics

This session is for academics who want to understand how to partner with a design and development team to build a successful web or mobile application for health research.

How the session will work

We will guide you through the dos and don'ts of partnering with a tech team through a case study approach with our academic partners from King’s College London and the National Institute for Health Research.

What you will take away from the session

By the end of the session, you will know how to get the best out of partnering with a tech team - from setting your requirements, through to collaborative working and engaging research participants - you will learn about the key enablers of a successful relationship that has research impact.

Who we are

Mindwave is a digital health and social impact company. We help our clients improve lives through technology. We work with healthcare providers, academics and start-ups by designing, developing and managing digital products and services.

Born out of NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, our blend of creative industries, healthcare and academic expertise is what makes us unique. We help academics translate research ideas into reality by designing and developing engaging mobile applications which allow you to gather data from research subjects and test digital health interventions.

We will deliver the session with Professor Joanne Neale from the National Addictions Centre at King’s College London who we have worked with to develop the SURE recovery app and Mick Mullane, Innovation Lead at the National Institute for Health Research.


Dr Victoria Betton - chief innovation officer at Mindwave
Sarah Welton - chief design officer at Mindwave
Professor Jo Neale - National Addictions Centre at King’s College London
Elle Long - product manager at Mindwave

Webinar link



This is a chance to hear from leading thinkers and doers in the field about what the post-COVID future might hold for digital mental health.

“The COVID-19 crisis and global pandemic may be the defining moment for digital mental health, but what that definition will be remains unknown” (Torous et al, 2020).

Who this webinar is for

This webinar is for people with lived experience, mental health practitioners, CIOs and CCIOs, policymakers, academics and anyone with an interest in the future of digital mental health services in the aftermath of Covid-19.

How the webinar will work

We have written a short paper which is a provocation for our experts to respond in a series of short presentations followed by group discussion.

What you will take away from the session

This is a chance to hear from leading thinkers and doers in the field about what the future might hold for digital mental health during and beyond Covid-19 pandemic.

We will reflect on the challenges of digital mental health pre-COVID and the extent to which services have adapted during the pandemic. We will consider what we may want to leverage and what we may want to return to post-COVID. We will think about the future that we aspire to and concerns we may have about possible scenarios we want to avoid.

Meet our amazing speakers

John Torous MD MBI is director of the digital psychiatry division, in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and academic faculty. He is dual board-certified in psychiatry as well as clinical informatics. He is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles and 5 books chapters on the topic. He serves as editor-in-chief for JMIR Mental Health and is web-editor for JAMA Psychiatry. He currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s workgroup on the evaluation of smartphone apps.

Kit Kormack - bio to follow

Pauline Whelan is Co-Director of the CAMHS. Digital research unit. She is based at the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and the Centre for Health Informatics, University of Manchester. She has worked across a portfolio of health informatics projects for 10+ years, with a particular focus on digital mental health. She is currently also the technical lead of a national programme to improve the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis. She draws on mHealth, wearables, virtual/augmented reality, actionable analytics and data science to find new ways to improve health and social outcomes for vulnerable groups

Chris Hollis is the Director MindTech and Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Chris's main areas of interest include ADHD, Tourette syndrome, early-onset schizophrenia and the development and implementation of digital technologies to enhance assessment and monitoring of mental health disorders.

Simon Dixon is Head of Design at NHSX in October 2019. Prior to this, he led digital strategy and design at Public Health England. While at PHE, he built from scratch and led the design team in the organisation. Before joining PHE, he did national digital strategy work at NHS England, including NHS Choices, the NHS.UK alpha digital transformation project and the development of the NHS Apps Library.

James Woollard is a consultant psychiatrist for children and young people’s ADHD service and chief clinical information officers for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a senior clinical advisor for digital mental health at NHS England.

Victoria Betton is chief innovation officer at Mindwave Ventures, a social impact design and health technology company. She previously founded mHabitat - an NHS hosted digital health consultancy, and Co>Space North - a digital health and tech for good collaboration space. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty year’s experience in local government, third sector and the NHS.

We will send details of how to join the webinar on the day of the event.

More speakers to be announced.

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Health tech pioneers complete virtual COVID-19 event line-up
Zoom webinar from 10 am - 12 pm on 20th May

Zesty, DefProc, Sky Medical, myGP and Mindwave Ventures among speakers confirmed for ‘BC Insights:
HealthTech and COVID-19’ on 20th May.

Register today

An array of HealthTech pioneers have completed the speaking line-up for a virtual event which will consider the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare in the UK.

‘BC Insights: HealthTech and COVID-19’ will be held as a Zoom webinar from 10 am - 12 pm on 20th May, with readers invited to register now.

With the UK population quickly placed under lockdown, the nation turned to technology to meet growing demand for services and an unprecedented influx of patients exposed to the coronavirus strain.

From telemedicine consultations to paperless communication tools, remote monitoring, innovative treatments and mental health services, tech is on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

As well as hearing from the businesses helping lead the fightback, viewers will learn how the pandemic has forced rapid and wholesale change within healthcare delivery – and what the following waves of disruption might look like once life returns to relative normality.

James Balmain, CEO at London firm Zesty, is among the latest speakers to confirm. The app allows patients to find, compare and book health services and has received more than $10m investment.

Jen Fenner, MD of Liverpool engineering firm DefProc, will explain its ‘Push to Talk’ device which could help millions of people left isolated by coronavirus.

Sky Medical is the Daresbury-based parent company behind the OnPulse technology platform and geko wearable medical device, which stimulate improved blood flow for wound healing and the prevention of other conditions. Its EMEA distributor manager Chris Walker will highlight how it is being used by clinicians in NHS Nightingale hospitals.

myGP is an NHS-funded app developed by London HealthTech iPLATO which allows users to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and set up medication reminders on their smartphone. As the government advised patients to only leave home in essential situations, it saw a 1,500 per cent increase in video calls and consultations. Louise Kitchingham, communications and PR Manager, will join our event.

Dr Victoria Betton, Chief Innovation Officer at Mindwave Ventures, which develops digital products and services for health and care that have a positive impact on people, will also speak.

Cameron Booth, digital advisor at North West tech agency Redmoor Health, and Simon Elcock, IT & Operations Manager at Library House Surgery in Chorley, will also join.

The full line-up is below:

  • Hugo Stephenson, CEO, Induction Healthcare
  • Emma-Victoria Fell, head of content, HETT
  • Gavin Delaney, CEO, Hy-genie
  • Lauren Bevan, head of health & social care, BJSS
  • James Balmain, CEO, Zesty
  • Rich Westman, founder, Kaido
  • Jen Fenner, MD, Def Proc
  • Cameron Booth, digital advisor, Redmoor Health
  • Dr Victoria Betton, Chief Innovation Officer, Mindwave Ventures
  • Chris Walker, EMEA distributor manager, Sky Medical
  • Simon Elcock, IT & Operations Manager, Library House Surgery, Chorley
  • Louise Kitchingham, communications and PR Manager, myGP


Leeds Digital Festival 2020
Join our Dr. Victoria Betton from Mindwave Ventures, Roz Davies of mHabitat and Sarah Tulip from WiLD for an informal panel discussion regarding #LifeInLockdown, hosted by Lauren Bevan, OHT Midlands Hub Lead and Head of Healthcare at BJSS.

Register today

As part of Leeds Digital Festival, the OHT team in Leeds have teamed up with the OHT Midlands Hub Lead and Head of Healthcare at BJSS, Lauren Bevan to host a collaborative session to discuss, share and support the current mental and wellbeing issues that have arisen since the start of covid19

Wednesday 29 Apr, 19:00 – 20:00
Online Zoom Session
Sign up here:

About the Event:

Isolate but don’t be isolated. Remote Rituals - Mental Wellbeing while staying at HomeStay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected.

As part of Leeds Digital Festival, the OHT team in Leeds have teamed up with the OHT Midlands Hub Lead and Head of Healthcare at BJSS, Lauren Bevan to host a collaborative session to discuss, share and support the current mental and wellbeing issues that have arisen since the start of covid19. She will be joined by Roz Davies of mHabitat, Dr Victoria Betton of Mindwave Ventures and Sarah Tulip from WiLD for an informal speaker round table and panel discussion.

The Covid-19 pandemic poses a threat to both our physical and mental health. The things we know to be good for managing our mental health like getting outside and staying connected have suddenly become more difficult to maintain. Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

We will delve in to how Mindwave are adapting as an SME both to work effectively together and support their teams mental health and wellbeing and to support their clients and their changing requirements during the pandemic, how mHabitat (hosted by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) continue to support the co-design of digitally enabled innovation and inclusion in health and social care and how Sarah is adapting to lockdown (and dealing with the many challenges) as a working single mum who does a lot to support the tech community and well as lead on digital innovation at EY. Whether you're social distancing or self-isolating you may be feeling anxious or stressed during this time, and that's completely normal. There are simple steps you can take to look after your mental health and wellbeing. 

We would love you to join us for an evening of discussion, sharing ideas, a chinwag (and optional glass of wine) about how technology and the virtual community can help you with your physical and mental health and hopefully provide some optimism on the future for this group. 

Meet the speakers

Lauren Bevan, Head of Healthcare at BJSS

Aside from being Hub Lead for OHT in the Midlands, Lauren is also Head of Healthcare at BJSS. Her career in health and social care began over 20 years ago. Initially a hospital cleaner, she later became a clinician, then qualified as a Chartered Accountant and progressed to Deputy Director of Finance and Performance in the NHS. Since then she has spent 12 years in industry working on a lot of high profile and novel projects in Health and Social Care systems around the world. In that time she trained as a data scientist specialising in data science for public health through Johns Hopkins University.

Motivated by finding innovative but safe ways to stretch the NHS and Social Care’s sparse resources, striving to secure equality and equity for citizens to manage their health and wellbeing and that of their loved ones. Lauren has a different perspective on how the NHS can benefit from technology, how data can improve its efficiency and how staff and patient experience, and outcomes can be enhanced.  You can find her on Linked In and Twitter.

Dr Victoria Betton, Chief Innovation Officer at Mindwave Ventures

Victoria is chief innovation officer at Mindwave Ventures, a social impact design and health technology company. She previously founded mHabitat - an NHS hosted digital health consultancy, and Co>Space North - a digital health and tech for good collaboration space. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty years’ experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. Her doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. She is a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board, Leeds City Region Digital Board, vice chair of Tech UK’s Health and Care Council, and a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. She is a mentor for NHSE Clinical Entrepreneur Programme and NHS Digital Academy and a fellow at the Zinc Academy. She is co-author of Teen Mental Health in an Online World. You can find her on LinkedIn and Twitter and her Pets as Therapy dog Bibi on Instagram at bibithepatdog.

Roz Davies MBA FRSA - Managing Director

Roz has 25 years experience of co-designing and delivering social, health and digital innovations across the NHS, Local Government and the Third Sector. Previous roles include Director of Social Inclusion at Good Things Foundation, Director of Localities and Communities at New Economics Foundation, Programme Director for NHS hosted Altogether Better and Managing Director of UK Charity Leader of the Year, Sheffield Flourish. Roz lives with type 1 diabetes and was awarded the accolade of one of the 50 foremost Patient Leaders by the HSJ. You can find her on Twittter

Sarah Tulip, Co-founder - WiLD 

WiLD is the brainchild of Sarah Tulip and Deb Hetherington.  Sarah is currently Director - Digital at EY, Yorkshire and North East. She was named on Northern Power Women’s Future List for her work around diversity in the IT industry and shortlisted for Role Model of the Year at the Women in IT Awards.

She is deeply passionate about getting more young women into the digital industry and acts as Ambassador for Ahead Partnership, while sitting on a number of boards, including Leeds Digital,, the International Business Advisory at Leeds University and the Leeds Digital Festival steering group. You can find her on Linked In and Twitter


Our very own Dr. Victoria Betton is chairing this panel event on the tech community’s response to Covid-19 in Yorkshire. You can book on below

Health and care systems around the world are leveraging the use of digital technology to cope with the increasing pressures faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With its growing digital health scene, Yorkshire is home to a suite of organisations that have been at the frontline of the response to the outbreak.

Join this free webinar to hear about the latest initiatives launched in the region to support staff, patients and citizens during this crisis.

The discussion will be led by Dr Victoria Betton, Chief Innovation Officer of Mindwave Ventures and member of the techUK Health and Social Care Council.

The webinar, part of Leeds Digital Festival, is open to all, and you can register through our Portal. If you are unable to sign up, please contact Health and Social Care Programme Manager Leontina Postelnicu:

Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Place: Online

Book now


Open UK’s Tea Break Tuesday

Join us for a cuppa and chat about COVID19 and open healthcare at TeaBreakTuesday on 21st April at 11am UK time. This will be led by Kumar Jacobs ( twitter - @kumarKJx) and Victoria Betton of Mindwave Ventures.


Supporting Key Health workers in fight against COVID19 with new website: AlmaHealth

Mindwave is proud to work in collaboration with Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership, SilverCloud & Orca Health, and help support key workers in the fight against COVID19 with much needed support in these worrying times, by creating a website that provides free access to clinically evaluated therapy, apps & more:


Premiere of Digital ‘Digital Lunch & Learn’ at the Health Foundry on Thursday 9th of April, with Arden Tomison from Thalamos and Dr. Victoria Bennet from Mindwave

This session is designed for digital health entrepreneurs and early stage startups who want to understand how to partner with a design and development team to build a successful product or service. Victoria Betton from Mindwave Ventures will guide you through the dos and don'ts of partnering with a tech team through a case study approach with our startup partner, Thalamos.

By the end of the session you will know how to get the best out of partnering with a tech team - from setting your requirements, through to collaborative working and raising investment - you will learn about the key enablers of a successful relationship that drives success.

Arden founded Thalamos in 2018 to address the systemic lack of technology solutions in acute Mental Healthcare. A for-profit social enterprise, Thalamos aims to create technology solutions which support clinicians to improve outcomes. Their first product is designed to Digitalise the Mental Health Act (sectioning), moving it from a slow, error-prone process to one which is swift and helps patients get access to care more swiftly.

Victoria is chief innovation officer at Mindwave Ventures, a social impact design and health technology company. She previously founded mHabitat - an NHS hosted digital health consultancy, and Co>Space North - a digital health and tech for good collaboration space. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty year’s experience in local government, third sector and the NHS.


Digital platforms to reach users during COVID19

We have used social media platforms to recruit users for co-design activities and to reach users who would benefit from our products.

This article explores opportunities to use these platforms to help the response to the Coronavirus:


How Mindwave are dealing with COVID -19

We'd like to share some information about how we are responding to COVID-19.

We have taken quick action and all our staff have been working remotely since the 12th of March. As a digital company, we are using tools such as Slack and Hangouts to collaborate with each other, so that we can continue as usual with minimum disruption. As a close-knit community, we support and regularly check-in with each other.

We are making sure services to our clients are only minimally disrupted, and looking for ways to help with digital solutions. Our face-to-face meetings and workshops are now all being held online. We will continue to deliver high quality services on time and within budget, despite the current situation.Our main clients are NHS and other health focused organisations and we are keen to do anything we can to help. Digital technologies play an important role in remote communication, monitoring, distributing trusted resources and self-management.

We are currently approaching each of our clients to see how our products, and in particular our Personal Health Record (PHR) may be able to help with functions such as instant messaging for remote communication. If you'd like to find out how we can offer extra support, please do contact us at


Mindwave CEO Kumar talking about our human-centred approach when developing and designing new products

The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) is the Global Connector for Digital Health, facilitating multi-stakeholder connections around ecosystems, driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.


Two’s company: the what, why’s and how’s of digital twins in industry today & tomorrow

This event will explore and demonstrate the progress toward a digitalised pharmaceutical, medicinal and healthcare future. A future in which a digital twin becomes an accessible resource for all. With a range of key speakers, live demonstrations, workshops and networking opportunities, we will explore the perspective of both large and small organisations. Come and see us Wednesday February 12th at our booth: Dr. Janak Gunatilleke and Anouk de Jonge from Mindwave will be showing a live demo of our VR solution for OCD exposure therapy, and talk about our digital health solutions. We'd love to hear your thoughts, answer questions and also enjoy general musings and chitchat about technology and AI!


CEO & Founder of Mindwave Ventures speaks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Amongst an incredibly exciting line-up of speakers, Kumar Jacob MBE, founder of Mindwave Ventures, will be sharing his thoughts at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Register now!


Mindwave Ventures recognised as health tech leader in 2020 global digital health 100 

Social purpose health tech company Mindwave Ventures among top innovators revealed as international health technology publication The Journal of mHealth announces their latest Global Digital Health 100.

London, 28th January 2020: Mindwave Ventures is in the spotlight as The Journal of mHealth today announce their annual Global Digital Health 100, recognising the most innovative health technology companies from around the world.

Now in its sixth year, the annual Global Digital Health 100 is one of the health tech industry’s foremost technology award programmes, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship. It recognises and supports health technology companies that are demonstrating the greatest potential to change the way that healthcare is delivered.


Virtual reality healthtech firm Mindwaves Ventures is expanding its services by opening an office in Leeds.

Mindwave has worked with six NHS trusts and an NHS sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) across England to help them design and develop their personal health record (PHR) platforms, and has also developed and delivered apps for academic research teams and NHS trusts around the country.

The company will support the region’s ambitions for digital health as set out in a new cross-sector enterprise partnership, launched earlier this year, aimed at boosting the healthtech industry in the Leeds City Region.

More than three million people are set to benefit from the partnership - which includes the NHS, local authorities and five universities - and is designed to accelerate health technology innovation.

Alongside its expansion plans, the company has made two new appointments.

Dr Victoria Betton, Mindwave’s newly appointed chief innovation officer, will head up the Leeds office. Dr Betton previously founded digital health companies mHabitat and Co>Space North, and has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS, local government and the third sector.

Dr Betton said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Mindwave at such a pivotal time.

“The Leeds’ office expansion is a natural progression for the business. In my role as chief innovation officer I will be working closely with our new COO, as well as Mindwave founder and CEO Kumar Jacob to meet our clients’ needs and ensure that they are fully equipped to benefit from the UK’s digital health revolution.”

The company has also appointed Dr Janak Gunatilleke as chief operating officer. Dr Gunatilleke has 14 years’ experience in healthcare in a variety of clinical, operational and consulting roles within the NHS, SMEs and large corporates, including Accenture. 

Dr Gunatilleke said: “I am delighted to have been appointed into the role of chief operating officer and keen to start ramping up the scope and depth of the Mindwave offering.”

Mindwave founder and chief executive, Kumar Jacob, added: “Janak and Victoria join us at a really exciting time for Mindwave. As we grow our senior management team, we will ensure that we are able to provide our clients across the NHS, charitable and private sector the seamless, unparalleled digital health services they need.”


HETT Show Event 

HETT, the UK’s leading healthtech and digital health event, will connect the entire healthtech and digital health ecosystem and be the destination of choice for healthcare organisations looking to adopt and invest in the digital revolution.