HT&Y The Professional’s Choice Award Shortlist: Cellnovo

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The Cellnovo vision is that those who rely on medical devices should benefit from the same advances in technology to improve the care they receive and to make their lives easier.

The life today of a typical Type 1 diabetes patient is a relentless daily routine of testing, tracking, calculating and journal keeping. Our vision is that through elegant design and the thoughtful integration of everyday technology into medical systems, Cellnovo can restore ease of life by providing freedom from the cumbersome, burdensome and obstructive procedures of traditional diabetes management.

The Cellnovo System is the world’s first mobile diabetes management system, including an insulin patch pump, activity monitor, cellular-enabled wireless touchscreen handset with integrated blood glucose meter and automatic connectivity to secure servers.

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Judges Comments:

“The device is small and discreet allowing users to continue in their lives whilst still monitoring their insulin levels”

“The journal keeping conception is a powerful way to track your health over a period which can also help in looking into other factors in our lives that can contribute to levels dropping and changing”

“It removes the traditional treatment of diabetes making it easier for the patient”

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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