HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Affinity


Affinity by Entia is a handheld device that empowers people with cancer to monitor their response to chemotherapy from home. With a simple finger prick test Affinity measures white blood cell platelet red blood cell counts and temperature; a selection of tests that enable a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s health. Affinity brings clinical diagnostics to the home and our cloud connected technology provides a secure real time link between patient and clinician. Chemotherapy suppresses rapidly dividing cells including white blood cells needed by the body to tackle infection. Severe infection can increase mortality and morbidity with every hour that it is left untreated. Monitoring blood cell counts at home using Affinity improves quality of life helps prevent the onset of life threatening infections and enables better scheduling of personalised treatment plans.

Judges Comments:

“The patient is in control monitoring of their chemotherapy at home”

“Something completely new on the market that has not been seen before”

“Allows communication with clinicians for support when needed and sends real-time information”


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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