Real world validation

Do you need to generate real world data to evaluate the feasibility or effectiveness of your innovation?

ICHP hosts Discover-NOW, the Health Data Research Hub for Real World Evidence, which aims to revolutionise the way health data is used responsibly for research into treating and preventing disease. The Discover data is the NWL deidentified dataset – containing linked coded primary care, secondary, acute, mental health, community health and social care records for over 2.3 million patients who live and are registered with a GP in North West London.

Led by ICHP, Discover-NOW is transforming the delivery of healthcare by bringing life sciences, health-tech, academia and the NHS together through data.

How can we work together to meet your needs?

The Discover-NOW dataset enables research through six key offers:


Run complex and powerful searches over the rich deidentified linked dataset of 2.3m population to inform protocol design and study feasibility.

Retrospective studies

Generate data driven insights and analysis into populations and patient cohorts, using the rich linked longitudinal health and care data.

Patient identification and recruitment

Use leading edge tools such as FARSITE and the North West London Research Register to help find and match patients to clinical trials.

Health economic evaluations

Utilise RWE to evaluate new products and interventions, providing innovators/new products with the real world evidence as required by regulators to support agile market access.

AI and machine learning

Develop and test predictive AI approaches to determine if your technologies are effective and scalable.

Health implementation

Ensure learnings from your research can deliver real world impact for patients.

Want to know more? Get in touch for a conversation about how we can work together.

Explore accelerators and relevant resources

There are various routes to engage with the health and social care sector, or receive support for your developing innovations. Here are some we recommend:

Health Tech Connect

Secure online database that connects innovators to the right people, from the right organisations, at the right time to help get technologies developed, assessed, and used as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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UK PharmaScan

Enables pharmaceutical innovators to submit their information into a database of pharmaceutical innovations accessible to UK national horizon scanning organisations as well as NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)

Offers personal development for selected individuals and bespoke support to scale innovations already in use with an existing evidence base.

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Provides cohorts of digital health companies with bespoke business support and guidance via several competitive programmes.

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Supports the development and commercialisation of healthcare innovation by providing shared spaces for collaboration, access to unique funding sources and opportunity for collaboration.

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Health Foundry

Provides a supportive eco-system and physical space for digital health startups to create and adopt scalable digital health solutions.

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MedTech Super Connector

Supports early stage development of innovative medical technologies by providing funding, training, mentorship and access to industry partners.

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NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme

Work force development programme aimed at NHS staff and healthcare professionals that supports entrepreneurial thinking and innovation; part of the Accelerated Access Collaborative.

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