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


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”

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 Chief Exec 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, now in their 5th year. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community through the concept of 'Whole School Wellbeing'. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technologies 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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