Health and fitness review platform ORCHA, which was recently crowned winner of BusinessCloud's Tech 1sts live pitching event, is among 11 businesses to join the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

The accelerator programme was launched in July 2015 with the goal of creating the conditions and culture changes necessary to accelerate adoption of cutting-edge solutions and thus boost patient care.

It is run by NHS England in partnership with 15 Academic Health Science Networks across the country to accelerate the uptake and impact of products throughout the NHS.

ORCHA provides a health app finder platform for health organisations and individuals, allowing easy and clear access to verified apps. The company began in Liverpool and recently moved to Sci-Tech Daresbury, near Warrington.

"We are delighted to be part of the National Innovation Accelerator and are excited to be able to scale up our work to deliver more health benefits across England," said chief executive and founder Liz Ashall-Payne.

ORCHA took home the title of winner at our 'Meet the game-changing pioneers of tech' event on Tuesday, 28th December.

Ashall-Payne's four-minute pitch wowed the judges and 60-strong audience, beating 14 other businesses doing something completely new with tech to win a prize of a ticket to CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said: "Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit.

"More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor’s appointment or hospital outpatients."