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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HT&Y Trending Award Shortlist: MyAsthma

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MyAsthma is an application designed to be help people living with asthma understand more about themselves and their condition with the ambition of improving how they manage their asthma.

The application does this in three key ways:

Firstly it is clinically relevant using the asthma control test (ACT) to help people understand how well controlled their asthma is. They can easily track their medicine usage, asthma attacks and other key pieces of information that helps them build an appointment plan designed to help improve communication between themselves and their healthcare professional.

Secondly it is connected to their everyday lives, it learns from their asthma triggers and combines with information such as location, weather and air quality to give helpful advice when it is needed in the right context. They can also integrate with their current wellness or fitness apps to get an even more personalised experience.

Finally it is built in collaboration with health technology expertise, pharmaceutical company support, patient insight and world leading clinical experience to be the first pharma supported Grade I Medical Device as a smartphone application, adding that greater element of trust.

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HT&Y The Future Award Shortlist: Portable Allergen Tester

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In the UK over 20000 patients are admitted to hospital each year with allergic reactions (HSCIC 2014) this is costing the NHS over 68 million a year. Half of all deaths from food-induced anaphylaxis happen in restaurants.

The Portable Allergen Tester allows users to identify allergens within a meal on a microscopic level. This product will be portable as it’s intended to be an on the go practical solution used in restaurants. It will fit seamlessly into the user’s dining experience and aims to give the user more confidence whilst eating out. The product is a preventative medical measure by reducing the likelihood of an allergic reaction. The device currently tests for lactose and outputs the results electronically; future development will look into tests for other allergens.

Judges Comments:

“Nothing like this is currently available in the sector, and there is demand given the statistics behind those who have food allergies”

“Only in the testing stage currently but there is a clear future in this product to help those with allergies”

“Cheaper than most testing products making it affordable for everyone”

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HT&Y The Future Award Shortlist: Sensewear

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Sensewear is a collection of clothes and accessories that emphasise the use of senses. The collection is inspired by therapies applied to Sensory Processing Disorders.

The aim of the project is to design an inclusive collection wearable by anyone which does not stigmatise a person affected by a disorder. An underwear T-shirt gathers data through textile sensors and actuators through an application that activates other garments. Pumpme: inflatable jacket that creating a deep pressure on the wearer’s body gives a calming sensation and buffer against unwanted external sensations producing a contact-free personal space. Biteme: biteable necklace that release the stress and includes a GPS receiver. Playme: musical necklace composed by a body in which can produce sounds though pressure and movement sensors. Pullme: aromatic scarf that diffuse the aroma through an atomizer. Squeezeme: wearable scarf for emotional emergencies. Hearme: hoodie poncho that makes sounds helping to focalize the wearer’s auditory capabilities.

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Judges Comments:

“Great concept that looks into how to help users and make them more comfortable”

“Clothing could expand to various styles i.e. school uniform for children who suffer from various health conditions”

“Currently being tested abroad but could get backing here in the UK if looking to pursue this market”

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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”

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HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Harm Calm

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Calm Harm is an app designed to help young people manage the urge to self-harm. The clinician-developed app provides tasks that help resist or manage urges to self-harm and uses ideas from an evidence-based theory called DBT. The app gets young people to start to manage impulsiveness and to explore underlying trigger factors and was refined using feedback from a pilot study of young people who self-harm. Calm Harm provides four categories of tasks that target the main reasons for why people self-harm. Distract helps to combat the urge by learning self-control; Comfort helps to care rather than harm; Express gets those feelings out in a different way and Release provides safe alternatives to self-injury. Calm Harm allows users to add their own tasks track progress is private and password-protected.

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Judges Comments:

“Something that is not available on the market elsewhere”

“The fact that it is adaptable to the user to help when needed is a great aspect tailoring the needs of the user”

“Could be used for more than those who self harm, but those who suffer from panic attacks etc.”

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HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Mevia

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Mevia helps patients take the right medication dose at the right time. Through our innovative solution of printed traces electronics and IT system that can be adapted to any primary pharmaceutical packaging we can detect when a pill or dose is taken in real time and communicate instantly with the patient doctor care-giver or relative in any form of communication that they prefer be that SMS, email, phone calls, or push notifications in a mobile app. Through this we are able to help and empower individuals to take their medications and follow their treatments.

Mevia is adaptable to any primary package of pill dispensers so it can be used in many countries.

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Judges Comments:

“Something completely different that isn’t on the market anywhere in the UK”

“Can be used by everyone to monitor their prescription in-take and acts as a good reminder reaching people on multiple communication platforms”

“Has an adaptable feature so can be used in other countries and for different pill types”

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