EQL, part of the NHS DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Programme, has partnered with Circle Health to launch an artificial intelligence-driven physiotherapy assessment tool across its NHS musculoskeletal (MSK) contracts.

The tool, named Phio, will be utilised by patients with MSK-related issues at NHS locations in Rushcliffe, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Greenwich.

Accessible 24/7 and available in any language, Phio offers an alternative for many telephone-based and remote physiotherapy services.  

Circle Health recently acquired BMI Healthcare from Hospital Topco Limited and currently operates two private hospitals in the UK. It provides musculoskeletal services to the NHS, and has begun international expansion, opening two clinics in China.

Jason Ward, chief executive and founder of EQL, said: “Circle Health provides its patients with world-class healthcare solutions and we are extremely proud that this industry-leading company has chosen to partner with us on delivering Phio to key areas of the UK.

"Since our launch we have witnessed immense interest in this product and we were also proudly chosen as one of 20 high potential start-ups to take part in the NHS DigitalHealth.London’s Accelerator Programme. We are excited for the journey ahead and we look forward to working closely with Circle Health.”