Babylon's burning to change people's health with app after winning national BT competition

A company which has built a fully integrated mobile healthcare service has won a nationwide competition to find SMEs with ideas that could change lives.

The competition, run by BT, TechHub and the Cabinet Office, has awarded London-based Babylon with the £15,000 top prize. The company provides virtual consultations with doctors, along with monitoring and diagnostics, “one-tap” appointment booking and prescription delivery, all via one easy to use app.

Babylon also received six months support from BT to develop its business model and six months membership of TechHub’s innovation space.

The BT Infinity Lab SME Award: Digital Innovation for the Public Sector attracted entries from across the UK and Europe. Seven shortlisted finalists were invited to BT Tower to pitch their proposals to a panel of BT, Cabinet Office and TechHub industry experts.

Along with Babylon, there were two runners-up. Hull-based Educater has designed a digital system to ensure every student with special needs or a disability has equal opportunities in education. Hackney-based Fluency aims to change lives by teaching in-demand digital skills through its learning platform and helping to fill the skills gap in the digital sector. Both received £7,500.

Dr Ali Parsa, Babylon founder and CEO, said: “I love that we’ve won the BT Infinity Lab award, it’s recognition of the impact we can make to change people’s lives here in the UK and beyond.”

Ian Dalton, president for government services and health at BT Global Services, said: “Babylon's innovative service has the potential to positively impact people’s lives and BT will be helping turn their ideas into reality.”

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