HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Affinity

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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 is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. 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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