HT&Y The Health Tech and Age Award Shortlist: Memrica Prompt

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Prompt tackles the anxiety about forgetting that hits the confidence of active people with a memory problem, often leading to withdrawal, isolation, depression, reduced independence and stress for families. The Prompt app compiles shared histories of each user’s favourite people and places and links them to reminders to boost confidence about who will be at an event, how they know them, what they normally talk about or what’s happened at a location before. It also prompts users to update notes after events. Families can add information through a linked app or web dashboard, see at a glance how a loved one is coping and receive alerts if behaviour changes.

The service can work offline and automatically update when online. Over time, it learns users’ preferences and will bring them information when it’s most helpful.

Judges Comments:

“Helps elderly remember and go about things in their lives whilst living independently”

“It limits the opportunity of anxiety with the elderly by prompting them to do things or who people are”

“As it links with families it can create a stronger family network”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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