A personalised smartphone-based platform for those with food allergies, a walking aid for those with Parkinson’s disease and a bluetooth colostomy bag sensor are amongst winners of the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards 2016.
The awards recognise those at the forefront of developing personal health technology with judging criteria ensuring that each winning entry identified a solution to a pressing health and wellbeing problem, according to Health Tech & You.
James Freeston, marketing mirector, AXA PPP healthcare, said: “These Awards celebrate the very best in health technology innovation, showcasing the high calibre of entries spanning many different areas of healthcare, technology and design.”
The winners were:
AXA PPP Health Tech & You Breakout Award – Ostom-i by 11 Health
A sensor that alerts patients who use a colostomy bag how full their ostomy pouches are so that they can decide when they should empty them.
The device clips on to any ostomy pouch sending bluetooth alerts to a mobile phone or tablet app telling the user their pouch is filling up.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You One to Watch Award – SlowMo
The first digital therapy platform for paranoia that provides self-management tools for people to help take control of their lives.
It empowers users to visualise their thoughts and the fast-thinking habits associated with paranoia and to slow down, for a moment, to manage upsetting thoughts.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You Health and Care Award – FoodMaestro
FoodMaestro is a search platform for food products offering healthcare providers a new way to engage with patients on diet and nutrition, based on personal requirements.
The technology has been developed with specialist input from the allergy and intolerance teams and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
AXA PPP Health Tech & You Independent Living Award – Path Finder by Walk With Path
Path Finder is an assistive aid to facilitate gait in vulnerable groups; primarily the elderly and people suffering with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease.
Path Finder helps prevent gait disturbances that cause falls; such as freezing of gait (FoG), by providing visual cues designed to circumvent the issues related to existing cueing devices.
Julia Manning, chief executive of 2020health, says: “These Awards are a great opportunity to highlight some really exciting digital health technologies of incredibly high standard that are available to consumers.
“The internet is now the first port of call for health information; the NHS has a range of initiatives to encourage patient engagement through technology and the UK has always been superb at encouraging innovation.
“Our celebrating high quality new health technologies reflect all these trends. We congratulate all of this year’s winners and hope as a result of their Award they will achieve the use and success they deserve.”