Babylon wins BT accolade for app innovation

A mobile phone screen displaying the Babylon health app logo.

Babylon has been announced as the winner in the BT Infinity Lab SME Award: Digital Innovation for the Public Sector competition.

The medical app allows patients to have virtual consultations with doctors, utilise a one-tap appointment booking service, and arrange for prescriptions to be delivered, as welll as monitoring a range of health metrics to help doctors with diagnosis.

Babylon was awarded £15,000 to spend on development of the service, six months of mentoring from BT and office space at TechHub.

Ian Dalton, president government services and health at BT Global Services, said: “We launched this competition to find SMEs with ideas that could change lives and I am delighted that Babylon was selected as the winner. Their innovative service has the potential to positively impact people’s lives and BT will be helping turn their ideas into reality."

Runners up in the competition included Educater, an equal opportunities application for children with special needs and disabilities and Fluency, a learning platform, which designed to boost digital skills of youngsters.

“BT has around 900,000 SME customers, 63 per cent of our suppliers in the UK are SMEs and SMEs are at the heart of our open innovation model. We have a stake in ensuring that small businesses are given the support and mentoring they need to grow and to be successful. We want to help these businesses to grow, and to encourage new innovators to come forward,” Dalton continued.

The BT Infinity Lab SME Award: Digital Innovation for the Public Sector is a joint venture between BT, TechHub and the Cabinet Office and has been running since last year.

Stephen Allott, Crown Representative for SMEs, Cabinet Office, added: “We have introduced a range of measures to open up Government contracts to small businesses. SMEs in the tech sector have been particularly innovative in seizing the opportunities presented by our reforms and this initiative supports our work in this area."

Clare Hopping
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