This Bootcamp helps start-ups with digital healthcare solutions address the challenges of integration with other systems, customer acceptance and international expansion.


Participants in “OpenAPI: Cross Market Integration for Digital Health” will gain insight into making their digital health innovations better integrated to other markets through OpenAPI design. They also learn to make their products more appealing to customers through user-centred design. Technical advice and real-world case studies from system providers within the industry will help teams develop their innovations to be compatible with existing systems across three different countries: Ireland, Sweden and the UK. Participants will learn about fit with user practices, technical integration with Cerner and other electronic patient record providers, and generalisation across multiple healthcare systems.

Is it for me?

OpenAPI: Cross Market Integration for Digital Health is designed for entrepreneurial teams developing a digital health innovation, preferably with a prototype or stand-alone beta product. Ideal candidates will have mature ideas, a sense of how their product would interface with national healthcare systems or other innovative products, and a team working full time on the venture. You will benefit most if you have a digital product that needs to share data with other products, for example in order to interface with the existing systems clinicians use.

The journey

The six-week training programme will take ten teams through intensive training and mentoring by experienced industry professionals. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, programme organisers are putting together a plan for online delivery of all the content, to take place between 14 September and 23 October.

A breakdown of the weekly programmes is as follows:

Week 1: Teams focus on developing a value proposition and user-centred design. They explore their concepts with patients and healthcare staff to understand market potential and map the competitive landscape. They also gain a deeper understanding of the UK healthcare system, through site visits, and undergo training on the Irish healthcare system, health economics, key influencers and routes to market.

Weeks 2-3: Each team is assigned an experienced mentor who will provide remote support as they further develop their concept and conduct initial market research.

Week 4: Teams continue their entrepreneurial understanding with sessions on business modelling, financial planning, market and product development, IP management and the lean canvas. A deep dive into the Swedish healthcare system includes organisational structures, payment routes and an introduction to the principles of system integration using industry standard open APIs as a model.

Week 5: Each team refines their business model with guidance and support from their experienced mentor.

Week 6: Teams use their learnings to pull together a pitch deck and receive training on how to pitch effectively to investors. The teams will also receive further guidance on next steps for technical integration and how to create a product that has international applicability. The programme culminates with a final pitch in front of an expert panel.

Important dates
  • Application period: 17 March 2020 – 15 June 202
  • Start of programme: 14 September 2020
  • End of programme in Oxford: 23 October 2020 (followed by EIT Health Bootcamp tour in November)
The application process

Apply through the EIT Health Optimy platform.

OpenAPI: Cross Market Integration for Digital Health teams must consist of at least two members, a Technical Specialist and a User-focused Specialist. Please contact the activity leader if your current team is missing any of these roles.

Find more information here.

Megan Morys-Carter
| Activity Leader | The Hill
Nesrine Ramadan
| | The Hill
Bengt Stavenow
| | Region Skane
Breandan Goss
| | Trinity College Dublin